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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
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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 (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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She Trips, She Flips...., 14 October 2008
Author: ferbs54 from United States

"Mantis in Lace" (1968) is, in four fairly equal quarters, a soft-core skin flick, a psychedelic drug movie, a slasher horror film AND a police procedural. In it, we meet Lila (Susan Stewart), a young and gorgeous topless dancer who takes LSD one night with a guy she's picked up. After hallucinating pretty severely for a while, Lila kills the young dude with a screwdriver and chops him to bits with a meat cleaver. This scenario is repeated three or four times while a pair of (surprisingly UNdorky) L.A. cops tries to track the maniac down. Yup, that's pretty much all this film has to offer. One of Lila's victims, I might add, is Stuart Lancaster, who might be a familiar face to all the Russ Meyer fans out there; another, a macho rapist, most certainly deserves to be diced at Lila's hands. The picture feels very padded with numerous topless dance numbers (the opulently cantilevered legend Pat Barrington looks pretty impressive, actually, doing a frenzied belly dance; come to think of it, she would do a bit of "tripping out" herself that same year in the film "The Acid Eaters"), long makeout scenes, a lovemaking bout between the topless club's manager and a job applicant that adds nothing to the plot whatsoever, and loads of colorful hallucinations. It has been lensed by Laszlo Kovacs, who would depict an even more harrowing lysergic experience in the following year's "Easy Rider." (Actually, I found the aural component of Lila's trips much more freaky than the visuals.) Sadly, the viewer never learns anything concrete about Lila's background, or why the drug sets her off the way it does; indeed, the only thing we can discover about her comes from the film's admittedly hypnotic theme song. Concluding with an ironic albeit extremely telegraphed ending, "Mantis in Lace" is ultimately a real mixed bag; a psychedelic psycho curiosity that should have been better. Oh...this Something Weird DVD features over 100 minutes' worth of alternate film footage. Far out, man!

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