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The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New york. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it.
This Was the Day That Engulfed the World in Terror!
Title: Deadly Mantis, The
Release Date: May , 1957
Runtime: 79 mins
All Genres: Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 3.7
Buried.com Rating: 4.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: Approved
Craig Stevens ...Col. Joe Parkman
William Hopper ...Dr. Nedrick 'Ned' Jackson
Alix Talton ...Marge Blaine
Donald Randolph ...Gen. Mark Ford
Pat Conway ...Sgt. Pete Allen
Florenz Ames ...Prof. Anton Gunther
Paul Smith ...Corporal, Parkman's Clerk
Phil Harvey ...Lou, Radar Man
Floyd Simmons ...Army Sergeant
Paul Campbell ...Lt. Fred Pizar
Helen Jay ...Mrs. Farley
Keith Aldrich ...Jerry, C47 Co-pilot
William Anders ...Sergeant (Archer Control)
Marvin Bryan ...Machine-gunner
John Close ...Engineer
Tom Cound ...Group Capt. Hawkins
William A. Forester ...Announcer
Paul Frees ...Narrator - Opening Off-Screen Commentary
Tom Greenway ...Second Reporter
James R. Haskin ...Civilian Announcer
Jess Kirkpatrick ...Father
James Lanphier ...Col. Harvey
Harold Lee ...Greenland Eskimo Chief
Ned Le Fevre ...Announcer
George Lynn ...Mutual Transportation Bus Driver
Jack Mather ...Officer
David McMahon ...Capt. Frank Carver
Edward McNally ...Policeman
Marvin Miller ...Narrator (voice)
Madelon Mitchell ...Mother
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The Deadly Mantis Horror Film Trailer 1
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- Dr. Ned Jackson: In all the kingdom of the living, there is no more deadly or voracious creature than the Preying Mantis.
Dr. Ned Jackson: I'm convinced that we're dealing with a Mantis in whose geological world the smallest insects were as large as man, and now failing to find those insects as food, well... it's doing the best that it can.
[a volcano near Antarctic erupts, causing an ice flow in the Arctic, which releases the Deadly Mantis] Opening Narration: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
[the officers are all staring at Marge] Dr. Ned Jackson: It looks like you don't have too many women up here, Colonel. Col. Joe Parkman: Well, we have a little joke up here. The boys say there's a girl behind every tree. Only try and find a tree.
Col. Joe Parkman: Maybe there's an ordinary explanation to what happened, but I wouldn't take any bets.
- The first stock footage of the aircraft carrier is the USS Antietam, CV-36. The operations clip is of the CV34 USS Oriskany the first US carrier with an angled deck. The take off scene was from the deck of the USS Philippine Sea CV47. The USS Oriskany (CV-34) was not the first US aircraft carrier to carry an angled deck. The first such carrier was actually the USS Antietam (CV-36) which was also shown in this movie. They were both Essex-class carriers and all ships in this class received the SCB-125 upgrade, which installed the angles deck, however the USS Oriskany was the LAST ship in this class to get the new deck.
The footage showing the Eskimos fleeing from the mantis is actually from S.O.S. Eisberg (1933).
During the movie, the Air Force sends out a message to members of the Ground Observer Corps asking for help in spotting the mantis. This was a real group that existed at least since World War Two. It was comprised of regular citizens who received basic training in spotting and identifying aircraft, but was discontinued in 1959.
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