The Deadly Mantis 1957

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

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

Plot Summary

  • A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

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 ...
  • Grindhouse Database Newsletter
  • Exploitation books
  • Kung fu movies
  • Giallo BluRay