The Deadly Mantis
This Was the Day That Engulfed the World in Terror!
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- ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.85:1
- Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: March 16, 2015
- Originally Released: 1957
- Label: Universal Studios
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Craig Stevens, Alix Talton, William Hopper & Pat Conway|
|Performer:||Paul Campbell & Paul Smith|
|Directed by||Nathan Juran|
|Edited by||Chester W. Schaeffer|
|Screenplay by||Martin Berkeley|
|Art Direction by||Alexander Golitzen & Robert Clatworthy|
|Story by||William Alland|
|Produced by||William Alland|
|Director of Photography:||Ellis W. Carter|
Rating: 3/5 -- Fun entry into the giant bug movies of the 1950s
Rating: C- -- The military use smoke and chemical bombs (maybe they contained Raid) to kill it, as the film mercifully ends. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 2.5/4 -- In the annals of big-bug movies, this one falls somewhere in the middle. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Having already been through ants, grasshoppers and spiders, the giant bug movie was clearly running the risk of making the entire sci-fi subgenre unbelievable. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rating: 2/5 -- One of Universal-International cheapie '50s bug movies. Bring on the DDT.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Rating: 3/5 -- Very '50s sci-fi with giant insect on the climb, and typically fun overall.
Rating: 1/5 -- An affront to the grace and dignity of giant bug movies.
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Description by OLDIES.com:
When a giant, thousand-ton, carnivorous praying mantis is released from its million-year slumber in the frozen Arctic, a determined commander (Craig Stevens), a paleontologist (William Hopper) and a photojournalist (Alix Talton) work together to stop its terrible path of deadly destruction. As it walks, leaps and flies towards Washington DC, the fate of a nation rests on stopping the menacing insect by any means possible.
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