The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis)
The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis) (1957)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 1957
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Steve Crum

Very '50s sci-fi with giant insect on the climb, and typically fun overall.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

One of Universal-International cheapie '50s bug movies. Bring on the DDT.

Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Fun entry into the giant bug movies of the 1950s

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

An affront to the grace and dignity of giant bug movies.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The military use smoke and chemical bombs (maybe they contained Raid) to kill it, as the film mercifully ends.

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Flixster Audience Score: 29% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Yep so 1957 was most definitely the year of the big bug thriller movie, talk about over kill! After the huge success of 'Them!' in 1954 the genre was… More
Jason Owens
Better pray, a killer praying mantis is out to get ya! During the first few minutes of "The Deadly Mantis," it appears like it's going to be an… More
Aj V
If you don't believe the Incredible Truth movie when they say the ice caps are melting, maybe this movie will make you think twice? Who wants a giant… More
Anthony Valletta
About what you'd expect from a 50's giant praying mantis movie.
Randy Tippy
Seismic activity in the southern hemisphere triggers vibrations at the arctic icecap, releasing a gigantic <i>mantis religiosa</i> that was frozen… More