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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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An entertaining half hour padded out to ninety minutes 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)

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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An entertaining half hour padded out to ninety minutes, 9 May 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"Mantis In Lace" is an extremely entertaining thirty minutes stretched out to ninety. That half hour is psychotronic gold. It has strippers, LSD, and some violent murder sequences. The "trippy" effects are pretty goofy, and considering how high profile Lazslo Kovacs later became, his cinematography is pretty primitive. Susan Stewart is campy and has a good deal of screen presence (not to be confused with actual acting ability though). The two cops on the case are some of the most inept police investigators ever in a film. Plus, the producer's knowledge of the psychedelic movement is the most wrongheaded this side of "Skidoo". As far as I know, the hippies didn't hang around strip joints. The producers also made the mistake of believing hippies looked like beatniks. This aspect of the film is very enjoyable.

Unfortunately, this film is loaded with padding of striptease sequences. The ladies are actually quite good looking (by nudie standards at least), but these parts become dull and monotonous. Plus, there's ten minute interlude subplot that has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the film and was obviously added after completion. Its very, very tough going so keep the fast-forward button in handy. Is this worth watching? Yes, but its certainly not consistent. By the way, I think I'm gonna have the theme song stuck in my head for a week or two. (6/10)

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