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The Deadly Mantis (1957)

 -  Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  May 1957 (USA)
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A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ...
Col. Joe Parkman
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Dr. Nedrick (Ned) Jackson
Alix Talton ...
Marge Blaine
Donald Randolph ...
Maj. Gen. Mark Ford
Pat Conway ...
Sgt. Pete Allen
Florenz Ames ...
Prof. Anton Gunther
Paul Smith ...
Corporal
Phil Harvey ...
Lou
Floyd Simmons ...
Army Sergeant
Paul Campbell ...
Lt. Fred Pizar
Helen Jay ...
Mrs. Farley
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Storyline

The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it. Written by Anonymous

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The most dangerous monster that ever lived! See more »


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During the movie, the Air Force sends out a message to members of the Ground Observer Corps asking for help in spotting the mantis. This was a real group that existed at least since World War Two. It was comprised of regular citizens who received basic training in spotting and identifying aircraft, but was discontinued in 1959. See more »

Goofs

The tunnel in which the Mantis makes its last stand is shown as the Manhattan Tunnel above its entrance. There is no Manhattan Tunnel in NYC - just the Brooklyn Battery, Queens Midtown, Holland and Lincoln Tunnels. See more »

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Col. Joe Parkman: Maybe there's an ordinary explanation to what happened, but I wouldn't take any bets.
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Edited into Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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Get the Bug spray.
6 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Giant Mantis" is the title and plot. There isn't much more to say. Acting is better than some of the other "giant something or other" films of the 1950s. The mantis is pretty movable-not some model that does nothing. The sequence at the very beginning is kinda cheesy but the footage and info about the DEW line and the whole radar net is pretty interesting. The character of Dr. Ned Jackson is fairly dull but Col. Parkman is OK. I get a kick out of the archive footage of the Eskimos in their kayaks. The effects are ordinary and the sets are the same as other sci-fi movies of the same period. This is a good flick to catch if you're in the mood for a giant bug movie.


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