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Sanford White (written by)
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Release Date:
19 June 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Let her show you the heat of desire -- the face of sin! See more »
Plot:
A topless dancer attracts, seduces, then murders the men she sleeps with. She does it with a twist, however; she kills them with garden tools. | Full synopsis »
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Nice and trashy little thriller! See more (11 total) »

Cast

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Susan Stewart ... Lila
Steve Vincent ... Sgt. Collins
James Brand ... Lt. Ryan (as M.K. Evans)
Vic Lance ... Tiger
Pat Barrington ... Cathy
Janu Wine ... Angel
Stuart Lancaster ... Frank
John Caroll ... Ben
John LaSalle ... Fred
Hinton Pope ... Chief Barnes
Bethel Buckalew ... Bartender
Lyn Armondo ... Real Estate Woman
Norton Halper ... Tenant
Judith Crane ... Dancer
Cheryl Trepton ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Hunt ... Blonde Audience Member (uncredited)
William Rotsler ... Bearded Audience Member (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Rotsler 
 
Writing credits
Sanford White (written by)

Produced by
Harry H. Novak .... executive producer (as Harry Novak)
Sanford White .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank A. Coe  (as Frank Coe)
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (photography) (as Leslie Kovacks)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Perry Jr.  (as Peter Perry)
 
Makeup Department
Michael D. Weldon .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bethel Buckalew .... production manager
 
Art Department
Frank Boross .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Michael Bennett .... boom operator
Frank A. Coe .... effects editor (as Frank Coe)
Paul Hunt .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ed De Priest .... photographic effects (as Edward DePriest)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... lighting (as Richard Aguilar)
Peter Sorel .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Dwayne Avery .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lisa Bickley .... script clerk
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lila: Mantis in Lace" - USA (alternative title)
"Mantis in Lace" - USA (recut version)
"Lika" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010)See more »
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Nice and trashy little thriller!, 13 June 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Well it's safe to say that Mantis in Lace doesn't have a lot in the way of a storyline. This is obvious from the outset as a sequence that should have took little over five minutes is dragged out to around half an hour, but the lack of plot line isn't important as William Rotsler's psycho thriller is really all about atmosphere. This film precedes a load of these films that were made in the seventies, and is certainly above average for its type. Most of the runtime is taken up by gratuitous nudity and phoney looking violence, as well as a fair helping of scenes involving drug use; and all of this is fine with me! The plot revolves around LSD and features a sweet young stripper who is picked up in a bar by a man. He gives her the drug and this begins a hallucinogenic nightmare as she promptly kills him and then proceeds to pick up other men from the club and take them back to her place, where they suffer a similar fate to her first 'boyfriend'. The twist is that she kills all of these guys with garden tools! There's also a rather lacklustre police investigation going on...

Despite the slow pace and thin plot, the film is entertaining for fans of this sort of stuff. Director William Rotsler builds up a fabulous trash atmosphere, which benefits the completely trashy plot line. The film stars Susan Stewart, who perhaps isn't the greatest actress of all time; but she plays her part very well and gives the film the added benefit of some eye candy. She looks good without her top on. A lot of the film takes place inside a strip club, which is an excellent setting for a film like this. The comic relief comes from the two inept police officers, who spend more time coming up with silly theories and cracking jokes than they do actually investigating the crime. But then again, this wouldn't be much of a trashy thriller if it featured decent coppers! There are practically no surprises at all in the plot and it's always obvious what is going to happen - at least it is until the end when Mantis in Lace finally shows some ingenuity (but don't expect too much). Overall, this is a nice little thriller and comes highly recommended to fans of this sort of stuff!

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