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
The first stock footage of the aircraft carrier is the USS Antietam, CV-36. The operations clip is of the CV34 USS Oriskany, the [first US carrier with an angled deck.] The take-off scene was from the deck of the USS Philippine Sea CV47. [The USS Oriskany (CV-34) was not the first US aircraft carrier to carry an angled deck.] [The first such carrier was actually the USS Antietam (CV-36),] which was also shown in this movie. They were both Essex-class carriers and all ships in this class received the SCB-125 upgrade, which installed the angled deck; however, [the USS Oriskany was the LAST ship in this class to get the new deck.] Which ship was first or last? See more »
At one point the paleontologist is holding a block of amber. He says it contains a giant ant. But, as he rotates it in his hand you can clearly see it is a rhinoceros beetle. See more »
[a volcano near Antarctic erupts, causing an ice flow in the Arctic, which releases the Deadly Mantis]
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
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The Deadly Mantis was made towards the end of Universal's 1950's cycle of monster/sci-fi movies. This one is one of the best.
A giant prehistoric mantis is awoken from a long sleep by atomic bomb testing in the North Pole. After going on the rampage in the frozen wastes and killing several people in the process, it heads first for Washington and then New York, where it is eventually gassed in Manhattan Tunnel.
The giant mantis in this movie looks quite impressive despite the low budget. The movie's cast is led by William Hopper (20 Million Miles to Earth). He and the others play good parts.
I found this movie quite enjoyable and is worth watching if you get the chance.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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