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The Deadly Mantis - Wikipedia The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 science-fiction monster film produced by William Alland for Universal-International. It was directed by Nathan Juran from a screenplay by ...

The Deadly Mantis - Wikipedia Not to be confused with The Deadly Mantis 1978 film Deadly Voyage The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 sciencefiction monster film produced by William Alland for UniversalInternational It was directed by Nathan Juran from a screenplay by Martin Berkeley based on a story by producer William Alland The film stars Craig Stevens William Hopper Alix Talton and Pat Conway The film was released in 1957 as a double feature with the spy film The Girl in the Kremlin In February 1997 The Deadly Mantis was featured on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 3 Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception 5 Home media 6 See also 7 References 8 External links In the South Seas a volcano explodes eventually causing North Pole icebergs to shift Below the melting polar ice caps a 200footlong 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 Craig Stevens flies there to investigate and finds the post destroyed its men gone and giant slashes left in the snow outside When a radar blip is sighted Joe sends his pilots out to investigate but their intended target disappears Soon an Air Force plane is attacked by the deadly mantis He searches the wreckage and this time in addition to the huge slashes finds a fivefootlong pointed object in the snow He takes it to General Mark Ford Donald Randolph at the Continental Air Defense CONAD in Colorado Springs Colorado Ford gathers top scientists including Professor Anton Gunther Florenz Ames } to examine the object but when they cannot identify it Gunther recommends calling in Dr Nedrick Jackson William Hopper a paleontologist at the Museum of Natural History When Ned gets the call from Ford he is helping museum magazine editor Marge Blaine Alix Talton plan her next issue and dodges her questions as she begs him for a big scoop Later after examining the object Ned recognizes it as a tornoff spur from an insects leg and soon guesses from evidence that the creature ate human flesh that it must be a gigantic praying mantis Meanwhile in the Arctic the people of an Eskimo village spot the mantis in the sky and although they hurry to their boats to escape it swoops down and kills several men Ned is sent to Red Eagle One to investigate further and upon leaving discovers that Marge has managed to get permission to accompany him as his photographer They reach the base where all the men including Joe are smitten by Marge That night Marge and Joe join Ned in his office and discuss the creature not realizing that it is drawing close to the office window Marge suddenly catches sight of it and screams and the bug attacks the building Although the full unit opens fire on the mantis with automatic rifles and a flamethrower it is unscathed and moves away only after planes encircle it Hours later the base remains on red alert but they finally hear that the bug has attacked a boat off the Canadian coast which means Ned calculates that it is flying at a speed of 200 miles an hour Ford calls a press conference to announce the bugs existence and asks the Ground Observer Corps to track its whereabouts Over the next few days Ned Marge and Joe track the bugs progress with the help of military and civilian observers Late one night Joe drives Marge home stopping briefly to ask for and receive a kiss They are distracted by a report of a nearby train wreck and although they assume it to be an ordinary accident soon after a woman leaving a bus sees the mantis and all emergency personnel are put on alert The mantis is then sighted in Washington D C atop the Washington Monument Joe is one of the pilots who attempt to drive the mantis toward the sea but a dense fog throws him off course and he flies directly into it As the wounded mantis drops to the ground and crawls into the Manhattan Tunnel Joe safely parachutes to the ground Ford leads a team that seals off the tunnel filling it with smoke to provide cover for Joe and his special unit of men who enter the tunnel armed with rifles and three chemical bombs They creep past wrecked cars until suddenly the bug appears in the fog only a few yards ahead of them They shoot at it but it lumbers on forcing them backward The mantis seems immune to the ammunition and the first chemical bombs until only feet from the tunnel entrance Joe throws a bomb in its face and it collapses dead Later Ford Ned Joe and Marge enter the tunnel to examine the bug Deadly Voyage Marge photographs its face while the men walk around its side but Joe suddenly sees the mantis arm move and runs to protect Marge Although Ned explains that the bugs movement was merely an autonomic reflex Joe takes the opportunity to pull Marge into an embrace Craig Stevens as Col Joe Parkman William Hopper as Dr Nedrick Ned Jackson Alix Talton as Marge Blaine Donald Randolph as Gen Mark Ford Pat Conway as Sgt Pete Allen Florenz Ames as Prof Anton Gunther Paul Smith as Corporal Parkmans Clerk Phil Harvey as Lou Radar Man Floyd Simmons as Army Sergeant Paul Campbell as Lt Fred Pizar Helen Jay as Mrs Farley Productionedit To create the films special effects a 200foot 61 m by 40foot 12 m long papiermaché model of a mantis with a wingspan of 150 feet 46 m and fitted with a hydraulic system was built Two smaller models were also built one that was 6 feet 1 8 m long and another than was 1 foot 0 30 m long these were used for the scenes where the mantis walked or flew Shots of a real praying mantis were used for the scene in which the deadly mantis climbs the Washington Monument 2 The film utilized stock Air Force footage taken from short films such as Guardians All One Plane One Bond and SFP308 The footage of the Eskimo village was taken from Universals 1933 film S O S Iceberg 2 Receptionedit The film received a rating of 4 510 on IMDb and has a current rating of 38 on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes 4 The website Atomic Monsters looked at the film in a somewhat positive light giving it a radioactive rating of 5 atomic blasts out of 5 5 Home mediaedit Universal released The Deadly Mantis on DVD in a boxed set called The Classic SciFi Ultimate Collection Vol 2 which features 4 other classics as well Dr Cyclops The Land Unknown Cult of the Cobra and The Leech Woman See alsoedit List of American films of 1957 Referencesedit Notes Nathan Juran Filmography Retrieved 8 November 2013   a b c d The Deadly Mantis at the American Film Institute Catalog Season 8 Episode 4 The Deadly Mantis TV Guide Deadly Mantis RT Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved November 9 2013   The Deadly Mantis 1957 Review Atomic Monsters   Bibliography Rajewski Genevieve 2006 Introducing the Deadly Mantis Rosen Publishing Group ISBN 1404208488   External linksedit The Deadly Mantis at the American Film Institute Catalog The Deadly Mantis on IMDb The Deadly Mantis at the TCM Movie Database The Deadly Mantis at Rotten Tomatoes MST3K Episode Guide The Deadly Mantis