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The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis) Reviews

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May 21, 2010
More giant bug mayhem. MST3K really ripped this one good too.
March 19, 2010
It may be a bad B-movie, but the praying mantis is my favorite insect. For that reason alone, I want to see it.
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Super Reviewer
March 14, 2010
Seismic activity in the southern hemisphere triggers vibrations at the arctic icecap, releasing a gigantic mantis religiosa that was frozen in the ice some 15 million years earlier. Pissed off and hungry, the enormous insect migrates south, taking out arctic radar stations, airplanes and even Eskimos along the way.

As silly as this all sounds, it's really not half bad. Classic cold war sci-fi with just a touch of romance thrown in for good measure.
½ March 2, 2010
Lodged between jokey and patriotic due to the whimsy music and military boys' played-up lust for Marge Blaine.
November 22, 2009
Not as good as Them and it is a bit heavy on the stock footage.
½ September 27, 2009
One of the more famous 1950s giant animal monster films. Particularly the scene of the mantis climbing the Washington monument has become an iconic image of the genre. However this giant beast wasn't created by radioactivity like most other monsters of the time. This monster was always large but frozen in the ice of the Arctic until an earthquake set it free. Now the mantis is flying south into the United States, eating anyone it comes across. It's up to a scientist and the US military to put a stop to it. That's the whole plot.

It actually takes quite a while till we see the mantis. For approximately the fist 10 minutes the film is basically a documentary about the North American radar lines, almost like a promotion video. I suspect this might be for the 1950s audience who were living in constant fear of missile attacks. So this film spends a good while telling you how well protected America is with their expansive top of the arc radar system that can detect any threat heading their way. Including giant mantises...

Then we are presented with lots of footage of jet fighters and people in uniforms trying to act important and splashing cheesy 50s dialogue all over the place. Followed the same sort of thing when we are introduced to the main character, a stern man in a white coat who proves he's a scientist by giving us a few basic facts about insects. However he can't be such a great entomologist as at one point in the film he's showing a man an insect frozen in amber. He calls it an ant when it's very obvious it's a large beetle.

Then finally we are granted a clear look at the mantis as it attacks the building the scientist is in. Which is followed by a strange scene where the mantis attacks some Eskimos. The footage of the Eskimos is actually taken from a different older film which is why it looks so out of place. The speed of the footage is faster so it looks like they are scurrying about on fast forward.

That's about it really until the big action scene in Washington D.C.
The story is very straight forward and simple, the acting is cheesy and the dialogue even more so. The Deadly Mantis has everything you want from a 1950s sci-fi monster flick.
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2009
Better pray, a killer praying mantis is out to get ya! During the first few minutes of "The Deadly Mantis," it appears like it's going to be an instructional video, or a history lesson. The story and ...read morethe scenario soon changes when a huge insect called a praying mantis, thaws and is set on the loose to try and take over the world that is now inhabited by human beings. "The Deadly Mantis" is one of the many "creature features" from the decade of the 50's. In this one, an overgrown praying mantis begins its journey in the cold arctic region of the North Pole. Unlike many insects, the praying mantis is a flesh eater, instead of a plant eater. This compelling fact will probably make most people shiver, especially after finding out where the monster is headed. The praying mantis in the movie has spectacular special effects for the time (1957). You'll see the mantis tower above buildings, fly over vast oceans, and more. Even better than the special effects is the movie itself. "The Deadly Mantis" is suspenseful, it's well made, and it's all the more interesting with the idea of a common insect taking over the life of humans. There are also other redeeming qualities such as seeing pilots shoot at it with several missiles, the various other military maneuvers, and more. If you like other classic horror movies that feature a creature that tries to take over, I recommend getting "The Deadly Mantis." It's one of the best films that features an insect, without a doubt. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2002.
July 29, 2009
Stiff special effects with a side of cheese. Not as good as some other science fiction films from the era but still very entertaining. The ending in the tunnel is very good.
July 28, 2009
A fun, old-school sci-fi classic. An unbelievable plot like any othermovie of its genre. Cool action sequences, and a nice build-up to the unveiling of the mantis. An awkward turnout for the romance portion, but still unique. The movie definitly lives up to itself.
½ July 15, 2009
I actually cried, when the mantis died, when I first saw this at age 8 or 9.
½ May 29, 2009
Like a broke man's version of King Kong. Conceptually, it's not a terrible idea. There have been plenty of giant monster movies in the past, why not one with a giant praying mantis? Well, it's mishandled; it's only like eighty minutes long, but it still has like twenty minutes of stock footage that could have been shaved off in editing. It's somewhat cool to see a giant mantis on the Washington Monument, but no, there's no reason to see this unless you are watching the MST3k version.
May 6, 2009
Campy, 50s era B-Movie giant monster attacks film. The special effects in The Deadly Mantis seem below par even for this type of film, although it may just be the cheesy looking scenes of the mantis flying that make me think this. What makes this film particularly interesting is the lecture that opens it about the various theories regarding the earth's interior and its relation to the rest of the universe. This lecture voice continues to act as a narrator throughout the film who explains key concepts of the military machine depicted in the film. Indeed, it could just as easily be about cold war preparedness if the enemy was not a giant mantis.
½ April 23, 2009
A great Bug Movie, should be remade. Anyone who doesn't like this one has no business watching 50's bug movies. I mean what were you expecting...On the Waterfront??? Pity there was never a sequel or a remake but hey you never know...
April 9, 2009
Typically 50's giant insect movie that were all the rage back then. This one involves a giant prehistoric mantis, a very bland scientist, a woman who looks like she could play linebacker (who of course all the guys fall for like she is Miss America), and some of the most annoying soldiers ever filmed for the big screen.
February 12, 2009
Better pray, a killer praying mantis is out to get ya! During the first few minutes of "The Deadly Mantis," it appears like it's going to be an instructional video, or a history lesson. The story and the scenario soon changes when a huge insect called a praying mantis, thaws and is set on the loose to try and take over the world that is now inhabited by human beings.
"The Deadly Mantis" is one of the many "creature features" from the decade of the 50's. In this one, an overgrown praying mantis begins its journey in the cold arctic region of the North Pole. Unlike many insects, the praying mantis is a flesh eater, instead of a plant eater. This compelling fact will probably make most people shiver, especially after finding out where the monster is headed.

The praying mantis in the movie has spectacular special effects for the time (1957). You'll see the mantis tower above buildings, fly over vast oceans, and more. Even better than the special effects is the movie itself. "The Deadly Mantis" is suspenseful, it's well made, and it's all the more interesting with the idea of a common insect taking over the life of humans. There are also other redeeming qualities such as seeing pilots shoot at it with several missiles, the various other military maneuvers, and more.

If you like other classic horror movies that feature a creature that tries to take over, I recommend getting "The Deadly Mantis." It's one of the best films that features an insect, without a doubt.
½ November 11, 2008
Som en blandning mellan The Beast from 20000 Fathoms och The Giant Claw, fast inte lika bra. Det här var väl mest en b-rulle i mängden, men likt förbaskat måste den betas av!
October 28, 2008
GREAT FUN..SPECIAL EFFECTS STILL HOLD UP
½ October 9, 2008
This is my 3rd go round on this one. I love this movie. Half documentary on the radar defense system, half giant monster. And oh what a monster! One of the few monster films that make scientific sense. See, for each action, there is an equal opposite re-action. Nuff said.
September 9, 2008
IM A SUCKER FOR THE OLD BLACK AND WHITE MONSTER MOVIES DONTCHA JUST LOVE THEM
August 19, 2008
For my money, The Deadly Mantis is one of the better American monster movies of the 1950s. I really don't know why it is overshadowed even by the clearly inferior likes of Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Killer Shrews, and Giant Gila Monster (B&W). The Deadly Mantis follows the standard script, but it held off from showing the monster for over half an hour, allowing the military brains and scientists ample time to come up with a theory as to just what they were facing. Perhaps more importantly, the giant praying mantis looks pretty impressive - I'm not saying that people left the theatre believing that a giant mantis might pop up at any minute, but he's about one hundred times more realistic than the likes of the giant grasshoppers from Beginning of the End.
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