The Deadly Mantis (1957)

Director
Nathan H. Juran

Main cast
Craig Stevens; William Hopper; Alix Talton; Donald Randolph; Pat Conway

Genres
Thriller, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

Description
The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it. (copied from IMDB)


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