The Deadly Mantis 03/16/19

Scream Factory

It’s big, it buzzes, and it screams like a banshee. So why is the Mantis monster so ho-hum? Universal-International tries to squeak out another boffo big bug epic, but 1957 screens were already crowded with grasshoppers and scorpions — and the screenplay is derivative — and somebody allowed producer William Alland to throw in every stock shot that wasn’t nailed down. Craig Stevens, William Hopper and Alix Talton wait 78 minutes to finally get a photo op with the insectoid monster. On Blu-ray from Scream Factory.