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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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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 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Weird and interesting, 10 July 2008
Author: bull-frog from United States

Mantis in Lace is very much a product of the late 60s, with the ending of censorship and the freedom to experiment with edgier themes. Released in 1968, this film was probably one of the first color soft-core flicks to be released. The special effects are cheesy, the murder scenes are unconvincing, the dialog is hammy, and the plot is paper thin. But what do you expect? The story centers around a cute dancer, Lila, who has a drug problem. She has sex with guys who naively falls for her. Lila, while hallucinating, murder guys after wards. The murders are then investigated. The sex scenes are mainly non-pornographic with usually only the bare back and sides being shown. The 60s are very much the experimental age with some bizarre-looking hallucination scenes. I call it weird art. There is a cut scene that features an even more bizarre hallucination. And it tops it off with a gruesome gory murder that combines bare breasts, blood, and gore. It is something that was and probably is still too explicit to be shown to normal viewers.

The heart of the film are, of course, the topless dancing featured by three or four young women. They are very nice to watch, even though a couple of the girls are quite ugly. Mantis in Lace will very much remain a part of film history. Overall recommended, if this is your type of stuff.

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