The Deadly Mantis (1957)
Director: Nathan Juran
Screenplay by: Martin Berkeley based on a story by William Alland
Starring: Craig Stevens, William Hopper and Alix Talton
Tagline: The most dangerous monster that ever lived!
The Overview: Beware of spoilers
When volcanic eruptions set a gigantic prehistoric preying mantis free, the world becomes his buffet. It is up to Col. Joe Parkman (Stevens), Dr. Nedrick Jackson (Hopper) and Marge Blaine (Talton) to find a way to stop this giant insect.
Documentary footage of Eskimos and jets taking off make poor filler footage. The giant praying mantis looks good in scenes where it is busting into a building, but not so good when flying. This viewing didn’t rate as high as the first time I saw The Deadly Mantis. Of course I’m no longer eight. The Deadly Mantis rates 2 of 5 stars.