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804 - The Deadly Mantis



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Comments (59) Best Riffs (208)

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James GreyWolf - 1 day ago

MY GOD! It makes sense. They stated that this is an "Unusual Flying Object." Maybe, just maybe, the myth of the UFO is REAL... and it isn't aliens investigating our planet, but ANCIENT INSECTS WHICH WERE FROZEN BUT HAVE THAWED OUT!!! But will the Armed Forces talk about this? NO! Deny Deny Deny! IT'S A CONSPIRACY, I TELL YOU!


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James GreyWolf - 1 day ago

Is it just me? or does the scene when the mantis starts approaching the AF base kinda remind you of Cape Fear?


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I don't suppose anyone else noticed the Deathstalker callback during the opening host segment while Mike was talking to the nanites?


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Thomas J. Hikeeba! - 4 months ago

YouTube link for the full-length version is dead again.


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Spotted Feather - 4 months ago

I wish someone could tell me why Universal keeps taking this off of youtube. It's public domain movie. They may have made it, but it's public domain now.


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Rusty Shackleford - 4 months ago

Unless I'm mistaken, wouldn't a gigantic praying mantis just stand completely still waiting for some prey to come along?


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I think these writers knew nothing about biology. Not only because the very idea of a giant insect is ludicrous, but because the characters keep misidentifying basic animals (and yes, despite what they said, the term 'animals' includes insects). First, there the museum writer who calls a giant squid a jellyfish, and then there is the actual biologist (the guy the freaking Pentagon called in to identify an creature) calling a beetle an ant.


Classic Movie Theme?
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Joseph Fisher - 6 months ago

Approx 19:45 - During fighter jet formation - What is the classic movie theme being hummed - They often done same theme in movies when there is an aircraft flying scene?


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DeadHeadMSTie - 7 months ago

I have checked it from multiple diffrent computers is working just fine each time i check it so heres the direct link to it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKL0gmj5YmQ


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DeadHeadMSTie - 7 months ago

Must be you pal cause i checked it out workin fine all across the board


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Michael Collins - 7 months ago

The episode is not actually up; a shame. I've been wanting to watch this one lately.


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DeadHeadMSTie - 7 months ago

Full Episode Now Up


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Stephen A Nathe - 7 months ago

i'm gonna torrent this episode


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I was able to watch the episode following the link I just posted from MediaFire. Don't know how well it will work for others.


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Justin Gay - 9 months ago

Why does keep getting flagged? Is MST3K really cutting into those booming "Deadly Mantis" DVD sales lol?


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Kelly Marchand - 9 months ago

Does anyone have a working link to this? I'd be forever grateful!


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Mike Zapolnik - 9 months ago

I'm uploading it to YouTube right now. Hopefully it'll stay up for at least a little bit.

Keep circulating the tapes!


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John Carnahan - 11 months ago

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bob dole - 12 months ago

since nbc keeps making copyright claims on my copy of this one: http://www.mediafire.com/download/uwzx9oa8pixeacx/MST3K+-+S08E04+-+The+Deadly+Mantis.avi enjoy


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Teri Gee - about 1 year ago

"In all the kingdom of the living, there is no more deadly creature than the praying mantis."
...but I thought the shrew was the most deadly creature! That's what the voiceover guy said in The Killer Shrews!


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Servo's Business Casual idea? It's just reason 147,951 Y I LOVE this show. God that's precious!


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JR Pap - about 1 year ago

I'm glad the Soviets never found out that they could turn our troops into bumbling idiots just by introducing them to women.....


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James Krummel - about 1 year ago

Guess I'm just biased, but this is definitely my favorite movie they've done so far. Not only do I love the movie, but the riffs were beautifully executed. Especially whenever the old professor was on the screen.


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James Krummel - about 1 year ago

While they're all great at delivering the riffs, Tom Servo seems to be the best at nailing them at the perfect moment every time. His delivery of "I peed your pants. I'm not sure how." was utterly superb and earns my award for best riff this episode.


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James Krummel - about 1 year ago

Back before VCRs and Laserdiscs all we had was Super 8. For my 7th birthday, my mother gave me my dad's Super 8 projector and his collection of films he had left behind. There were 5 of them in big boxes with 4 reels each. This was one of them and I remember it was the first one I watched since I was a humongous creature feature geek already and still am today. While it may be hard to watch now, I ate it up back then and it has a place in my heart just for that. :)


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Joseph Ewing - over 1 year ago

Why do they call Norad Conad in this pos movie? Did they think the Russians couldn't figure out where or what it was called so we had to change its name in a B-movie?


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Frederick Jacob Luebker - over 1 year ago

Did Gypsy say "I need a fu**ing Fresca."?


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Jacob Hill - over 1 year ago

I was hoping "You know how mountain farmers are afraid of thunder?" would be the stinger. Definitely the most WTF line from this movie, followed closely by horse flies being able to travel faster than sound.


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Mike Carmona - over 1 year ago

54:53 I not only love the joke, but Mike's You-did-not-just-say-that look to Crow, too.


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Fredrick Stafford - over 1 year ago

Man, tough week for Dr. Ned Jackson! There he was cruising along all fat and sassy as chief paleontologist in D.C. and seemingly just about to close the deal with sexy magazine chick Marge, when a deadly Mantis shows up followed by a smooth talking Air Force Colonel. Next thing you know he’s just a tag along third wheel asked to hold the camera! Damn bugs!


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 1 year ago

OMG! Did Gypsy actually say she wanted "a f***ing Fresca" after hiding behind the asteroid?


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Briggs Gordon - over 1 year ago

What's on Pearl's dashboard?


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Anne Fleming - over 1 year ago

I got a trivia question about the DEW line right because of the episode. Thanks MST3K!


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Rhys Patterson - over 1 year ago

Mantis in my pantis. One of the worst references to a mans junk I have ever heard


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Rhys Patterson - over 1 year ago

The deadly mantis and his love for large transportation vehicles.... Still a better love story than twilight


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Lewis Nitzberg - over 1 year ago

01:22:22 "There's got to be a morning after"
Couldn't help but think of the South Park "Succubus" episode!


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aslan man - over 1 year ago

I wonder if I would hear "Let me be frank about Frank" if I turned my crank to FRANK?


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ICEyun - over 1 year ago

This riff was just too long to put up at the top of the site, but still wanted to share it. Gets me every time!

"Oh, we're going to Nova Scotia! Good, some herring would be nice and... oh, no, no, no. We're going to the British Isles, great, to taste some Guiness and -- I guess it's Morocco, for some beautiful rugs, and -- uh, the Ivory Coast, then, for its lovely ivory and... I guess we're going to the... The South Sandwich Islands! I've got some family there and -- ah, forget it."


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Kimono Dragon - over 1 year ago

This might belong as a favorite riff, but the comment at 45:45 "Clay Shaw throws another party" knocked me off the chair! There are so many layers of depth as to WHY that line is a classic. Long live Kevin Bacon!


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I love the throwbacks to previous episodes/experiments. Turn your crank to Frank, some refueling music from Starfighters, and "why don't they look" from the "Last Clear Chance" short.


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That holy bomb scene is a total ripoff of -- or homage to, depending on how you look at it -- Monty Python & the Holy Grail's holy hand grenade bit. Here's a link to the scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOrgLj9lOwk.


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Is it just me or is the building they show at 28:16 the same one that the TV show Bones uses as the Jeffersonian?


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Okay, during a host segment the crew expresses a distaste for country music, yet earlier during the movie they reference a song by Kay Kyser.


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Were they perhaps referring to NORAD?


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Was that bomb repair ape Mike?


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Auto K - almost 2 years ago

I'm gonna have the "O Holy Bomb" song stuck in my head for days.


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John Harms - almost 2 years ago

I can't get past the mantis not only moving around in the arctic, but the fact that it survived being frozen. I guess the writers didn't wanna get bogged down in the range of survivable temperatures for insects...


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Scott Davis - almost 2 years ago

I agree with gal dagon. I wanted the Mantis to swallow them up when they were taking pictures. All the humans were stupid and boring in this movie.The deadly Mantis was the real hero/star. Oh, and of course Mike & the Bots were exceptional in this(I agree) underrated episode!!


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Rachel Anne Mullins - about 2 years ago

I have two things to say about this episode:

1. Pearl reminds me so much of River Song in this episode, with the hair and the gun.

2. That whole "every known species of animal has a bony skeleton" bit at 30:50. I'm no biologist, but doesn't he completely contradict himself in the next few sentences by giving examples of animals that DON'T have a bony skeleton?


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Stephanie~ - about 2 years ago

Every single comment they say for the old man KILLS me! I am in tears right now, trying not to laugh so hard...it's late. lol Gods, I love this show!


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Adam Marinello - about 2 years ago

Woah anyone else get the "your crank is turned to Frank" joke?


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Robert Ferguson - about 2 years ago

23:55 Can someone, ANYONE, tell me What The F--- a supersonic shield IS,
I WANT ONE, what ever it IS !!


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Charles Bess - about 2 years ago

I agree this one is underrated when compared to others that have a much higher rating. This was one of the first sci-fi movies I remember as a kid too, so that made it even better.


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Gal Dagon - over 2 years ago

Was anyone else fervently hoping for a "final scare" moment when they all approached the mantis? I would've been happy to see it take them all out in it's death throes.


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David Crass - over 2 years ago

So did the US government give the film makers money to talk up the Arctic radar stuff or did they just think the audience wouldn't understand why there were military installations in the Arctic Circle without some exposition?


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Alex Stefanic - over 2 years ago

A very underrated episode.


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RevJoan - over 2 years ago

31:10 this sketch with the old guy is possitively side splitting XD