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The Deadly Mantis (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | May 1957 (USA)
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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Col. Joe Parkman
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Florenz Ames ...
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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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Out of a million years ago ... a thousand tons of horror! See more »


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Originally released on a double bill with The Girl in the Kremlin (1957). See more »

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In the tunnel, one of the praying mantis' claws shakes like it is made of rubber. 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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my favourite giant killer bug movie
8 February 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'd gladly watch this one without the benefit of MST3K, as it wasn't half bad, considering the genre and era in which it was made. But then I'm a sucker for movies which open with giant maps, and story lines that offer military responses to life's problems.

To those of you who think this movie sucked, I suggest you view "Beginning of the End," another '50s era bug spectacular, this one featuring Peter Graves vs. a giant mutant grasshopper. I think after that you'd agree that the Mantis wasn't so bad.


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