The Deadly Mantis

1957 film by Nathan H. Juran

The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 film about a giant prehistoric praying mantis that is set free from Arctic ice.

Directed by Nathan Juran. Written by William Alland.
A Thousand Tons of Horror! From A Million Years Ago ...  (taglines)

Dr. Ned JacksonEdit

  • In all the kingdom of the living, there is no more deadly or voracious creature than the praying mantis.
  • I'm convinced that we're dealing with a Mantis in whose geological world the smallest insects were as large as man, and now failing to find those insects as food, well... it's doing the best that it can.


  • Col. Joe Parkman: Maybe there's an ordinary explanation to what happened, but I wouldn't take any bets.
  • Narrator: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.


Dr. Ned Jackson: It looks like you don't have too many women up here, Colonel.
Col. Joe Parkman: Well, we have a little joke up here. The boys say there's a girl behind every tree. Only try and find a tree.


  • A Thousand Tons of Horror! From A Million Years Ago ...
  • The most dangerous monster that ever lived!
  • This Was the Day That Engulfed the World in Terror!
  • Out of a million years ago ... a thousand tons of horror!


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