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The Deadly Mantis

US flag The Deadly Mantis 1957

Goofy giant bug movie set in the Arctic. Giant praying mantis wakes from its slumber, finds it is not in a good mood. Finds meaty little bugs to eat as it flies south.

Horribly cheesy dialog combined with overacting and odd casting. The male lead is a hunky Adonis type who we’re supposed to accept as head paleontologist at the Museum of Natural History. He has a sidekick, Alix Talton, who’s really annoying. She takes photos and screams.

She also completely hypnotizes the all-male crew at an Arctic Air Force base. It’s embarrassing. You’re glad to see the giant praying mantis show up again just to get the picture moving once more.

Very little suspense. The special effects are disappointing. A giant praying mantis is just not that scary. And it ends up in a tunnel under New York City for no apparent reason. Where I believe it is bored to death by the actors reading their flat dialog.

I’d love to tell you that this movie is the greatest thing ever, but it just isn’t. It’s not very good, but it IS a giant bug movie. It could have been much better. Again, for completists only.

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