This Was the Day That Engulfed the World in Terror!

The Deadly Mantis
1957 | B&W | 75 Minutes | 1.37:1 | NR | Sci-Fi - Horror | Mono | Universal


Director: 
Nathan Juran

Writers:
 Martin Berkeley 
 William Alland

Stars: 
Craig Stevens 
William Hopper 
Alix Talton

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.

What a fun and fantastic way to start of the month of October. Deadly Mantis is one of those fantastic Sci-Fi big bug movies from the 50's that you must see at least once. If you live where there is no Svengoolie (Sorry that's a bummer) I strongly feel that October is a great time to check out the late night TV guide on your remote and hunt down a horror host in your area. And if your a fan of horror host's there is no better time then now to introduce your friends and family to the simple pleasure's in life.

Did you know that The footage showing the Eskimos fleeing from the mantis is actually from S.O.S. Eisberg. And that 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. Be sure to tune in for more fun fact's from the Goolie himself.

I will be tuning in this week I think by now I have seen this movie 5 times my wife is going to kill me.
I  give The Deadly Mantis...

3 Blood Brains out of 5




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