Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Deadly Mantis

We've been seeing a Praying Mantis on the patio for the last several days and have been enjoying her sojourn among us, so this 1957 Universal film The Deadly Mantis, more "preying" than "praying", is offered in her honor. The movie stars William Hopper.



1000 Misspent Hours has this to say:
And of all the dubious films in the genre to bear the Universal imprint, perhaps none is so eminently worthy of its creators’ shame as The Deadly Mantis.
and
The damn thing is only 78 minutes long, for God’s sake, but it seems to take at least three times that because so little of that time is spent moving the plot along. But it has a really cool, really crappy monster, and ultimately, that’s all that matters.

Moria calls it "predictable" and "fairly routine".

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