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
Alix Talton (who resembled Della Street in this movie) was reunited with William Hopper the following year 1958 on the Perry Mason TV series episode 'The Case of the Long-Legged Models' in the role of Eva Elliot. See more »
As William Hopper and Alix Talton are leaving Hopper's office, the shadow of the microphone and boom can be seen beside them. See more »
Dr. Ned Jackson:
In all the kingdom of the living, there is no more deadly or voracious creature than the Preying Mantis.
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Although the intricacies of the plot are forever unbelievable, this film works very well both as a suspense film and also as a creditable "Giant Bug" film, so typical during the 50's Golden Age of Science Fiction. A giant Praying Mantis is preserved in the ice of the Artic Ocean, only to be dislodged by man's environmental meddling. The bug flies over various places in the Artic eating human beings as it makes its way toward the Equator. The task of destroying the giant insect befalls to three protagonists: Craig Stevens the military man(and romancer), William Hopper as the dedicated paleontologist, and Alix Talton as the hungry reporter/photographer/necessary female character so that main character can fall in love. The three manage to find the mantis and well....let's just say the poor creature didn't say his prayers TOO often. The film is tight, has lots of action, and is a great entertaining diversion.
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