The Deadly Mantis 1957

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The Deadly Mantis (1957, USA) is a Giant Monster-Eco-Terror film directed by Nathan Juran.


Main Details

  • Released in 1957
  • B & W
  • Running Time: 79 Min.
  • Production Co: Universal International Pictures (UI)
  • Distribution Co: Universal Pictures (1957) (USA) (theatrical) | Ultra Pictures Corporation (1964) (USA) (theatrical) (a Universal-International Reissue
  • Directed by Nathan Juran
  • Written by Martin Berkeley, William Alland
  • Starring Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, Donald Randolph, Pat Conway, Florenz Ames, Paul Smith, Phil Harvey
  • Produced by William Alland
  • Original Music by Irving Gertz, William Lava
  • Cinematography by Ellis W. Carter
  • Film Editing by Chester W. Schaeffer

Also Known As

  • Kontinent i panik (Sweden)
  • La chose qui surgit des ténèbres (France)
  • La mantide omicida (Italy)
  • Mantis, lentävä hirviö (Finland)
  • The Giant Mantis
  • The Incredible Praying Mantis


  • This Was the Day That Engulfed the World in Terror!
  • The most dangerous monster that ever lived!
  • Out of a million years ago ... a thousand tons of horror!
  • A Thousand Tons of Horror! From A Million Years Ago ...


In the South Seas, a volcano explodes, eventually causing North Pole icebergs to shift. Below the melting polar ice caps, a 200-foot-long praying mantis, trapped in the ice for millions of years, begins to stir. Soon after, the military personnel at Red Eagle One, a military station in northern Canada that monitors information gathered from the Distant Early Warning Line, realize that the men at one of their outposts are not responding to calls. Commanding officer Col. Joe Parkman flies there to investigate, and finds the post destroyed, its men disappeared and giant slashes left in the snow outside. When a blip on the outpost's radar screen is soon sighted, Joe sends his pilots out, and one is attacked. Joe searches the wreckage, and this time, in addition to the huge slashes, finds a five-foot-long pointed object in the snow. Later, after examining the object, Ned recognizes it as a torn-off spur from an insect's leg, and soon guesses, from evidence that the creature ate human flesh, that it must be a gigantic praying mantis. (Wikipedia)

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