The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis)
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The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis)
This is the one in which the "villain" is a huge, carnivorous praying mantis. After the titular insect has attacked several people in a remote Arctic region, Col. Joe Parkham (Craig Stevens) swings into action. Parkham and his associates, Dr. Ned Jackson (William Hopper) and Ned's assistant Margie Blake (Alix Talton), track the predatory mantis as it heads southward to Washington DC (how did it get past customs?) The green monstrosity meets its Waterloo in "Manhattan Tunnel", where it is bombarded with poison gas (a little Raid or Black Flag might have come in handy).… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Very '50s sci-fi with giant insect on the climb, and typically fun overall."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"One of Universal-International cheapie '50s bug movies. Bring on the DDT."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Fun entry into the giant bug movies of the 1950s"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Having already been through ants, grasshoppers and spiders, the giant bug movie was clearly running the risk of making the entire sci-fi subgenre unbelievable."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An affront to the grace and dignity of giant bug movies."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"The military use smoke and chemical bombs (maybe they contained Raid) to kill it, as the film mercifully ends."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews