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804 - The Deadly Mantis



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FedoraMark - 15 days ago
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Wait a tick... during the radio station host segment one host says “Your crank is turned to Frank”. Is that... a radio station.. NAMED FRANK?!


William Lane - 23 days ago
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Love the "Relson" callback...


Peter Harvey - 30 days ago
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“There’s a mantis in my pantis “. How have I managed to miss that riff all these years?!


S.A. Nathe - 8 months ago
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so....Servo, how does one PLAY strip "RISK"???


mndevenyeager - about 1 month ago
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The earth has a pizza face


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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.


Lady Jakka - 7 months ago
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They needed a huge dose of bug juice. Unfortunately Deadly Mantis size was discontinued just before it got loose!


Styletron - 8 months ago
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46:21 "Momma knocked me down (Again)" Is the greatest song The Band never recorded. even 2 seconds of it and I tear up.


Klaatu - 10 months ago
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When do I get my Jello!?


Klaatu - 10 months ago
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Get back into your little boat old man!


Klaatu - 10 months ago
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Filmed in "Bald Vision."


Klaatu - 10 months ago
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Oh WOW, I'm sooo baked right now. Dude you gotta here this Rush tape!


Klaatu - 10 months ago
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Somebody dropped a joint on the map.


FedoraMark - 10 months ago
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Y'know what? I kind of enjoyed this movie! I mean it's still a cheesy giant monster movie but the monster looked pretty damn good!


Veklorr Vigorr - 11 months ago
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Vimeo is trash. Can we get another stream please?


On a vision quest to rewatch every ep (skipping those I know by heart)
David Bowiescock - about 1 year ago
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So I was all set to go on a big rant about how Trace's Crow would have riffed the jimmy kimono at 1:17:07, then had to delete it when Bill called out the full body condoms shortly after.


Princess Thena - about 1 year ago
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Still, the effects were pretty decent, considering the time period. Definitely better than the grasshoppers crawling up the postcard of a city in "The Beginning of the End." Although, I did miss Peter Graves.


Classicats - almost 5 years ago
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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.


James Clark - about 1 year ago
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Rock and Roll...just as I suspected


Snuffy Wuffykiss - over 1 year ago
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Its the Children of the Atom from fallout!


S.A. Nathe - over 1 year ago
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is this a remake/ripoff of THE BEGINNING OF THE END...??(or whatever that Peter Graves movie was called)
SOOOO many similarities: giant bug, photographer gal, crap movie....SOOO many similarities


Valerie Yanes - over 1 year ago
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... but I got a mantis in my pantis😜


Valerie Yanes - over 1 year ago
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I peed your pants ~ I'm not sure how


Muffin - over 1 year ago
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I thought the mantis looked like a pretty well done monster. At least they didn't get a case of "disposable" praying mantises to film.


Frederick Jacob Luebker - over 4 years ago
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Did Gypsy say "I need a fu**ing Fresca."?


JR Pap - over 4 years ago
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I'm glad the Soviets never found out that they could turn our troops into bumbling idiots just by introducing them to women.....


Booyahhhhhh! Link 4 realz
Brian Eno - over 2 years ago
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Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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Thanks to whoever found the vimeo link. It's not the best quality but beggars can't be choosers. This was one of the few episodes I hadn't seen. Now if somebody could find the thing that couldn't die...


Bela Lugosi's Twitching Eye - about 2 years ago
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Aww man! Robot Monster again?
*Sigh* Here's my link. https://vimeo.com/143358075


Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago
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What if my bomb has no power but will detonate, whether or not people are dying?


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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Pearl's explosion hair. Dayaaamn, girrrrrl.


James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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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!


Max - over 2 years ago
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Gorillavid link added. Just copy and paste.


Hawthorne Rollings - over 2 years ago
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Hi! To anybody watching this now, can you upload it to youtube or a site that that I don't have to join with a credit card? Please?


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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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.


Awwww....
Sweets McGee - almost 3 years ago
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WHAT? No Deadly Maaaaantis dude? I hope some one can find this one. I've never seen it!


Bender Rodriguez - almost 3 years ago
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John Carnahan - about 4 years ago
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Spotted Feather - over 3 years ago
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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.


bob dole - about 4 years ago
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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


James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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Is it just me? or does the scene when the mantis starts approaching the AF base kinda remind you of Cape Fear?


Stud Cumming doesn't care - over 3 years ago
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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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Servo's Business Casual idea? It's just reason 147,951 Y I LOVE this show. God that's precious!


RevJoan - almost 6 years ago
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31:10 this sketch with the old guy is possitively side splitting XD


Rhys Patterson - over 4 years ago
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Mantis in my pantis. One of the worst references to a mans junk I have ever heard


Thomas J. Hikeeba! - over 3 years ago
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YouTube link for the full-length version is dead again.


Robert Ferguson - over 5 years ago
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23:55 Can someone, ANYONE, tell me What The F--- a supersonic shield IS,
I WANT ONE, what ever it IS !!


Classic Movie Theme?
Joseph Fisher - over 3 years ago
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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?


DeadHeadMSTie - over 3 years ago
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Must be you pal cause i checked it out workin fine all across the board


DeadHeadMSTie - over 3 years ago
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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


Michael Collins - over 3 years ago
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The episode is not actually up; a shame. I've been wanting to watch this one lately.


DeadHeadMSTie - over 3 years ago
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Full Episode Now Up


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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i'm gonna torrent this episode


Jake - almost 4 years ago
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It needs to be copy-pasted into the search var.


Jake - almost 4 years ago
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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.


Jake - almost 4 years ago
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*bar


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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"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!


Justin Gay - almost 4 years ago
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Why does keep getting flagged? Is MST3K really cutting into those booming "Deadly Mantis" DVD sales lol?


Mike Zapolnik - almost 4 years ago
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I'm uploading it to YouTube right now. Hopefully it'll stay up for at least a little bit.

Keep circulating the tapes!


Kelly Marchand - almost 4 years ago
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Does anyone have a working link to this? I'd be forever grateful!


Rachel Anne Mullins - about 5 years ago
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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?


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 4 years ago
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OMG! Did Gypsy actually say she wanted "a f***ing Fresca" after hiding behind the asteroid?


James Krummel - over 4 years ago
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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.


David Crass - over 5 years ago
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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?


John Harms - about 5 years ago
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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...


Briggs Gordon - over 4 years ago
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What's on Pearl's dashboard?


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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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!


Jacob Hill - over 4 years ago
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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.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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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?


James Krummel - over 4 years ago
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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. :)


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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Were they perhaps referring to NORAD?


James Krummel - over 4 years ago
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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.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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54:53 I not only love the joke, but Mike's You-did-not-just-say-that look to Crow, too.


Rhys Patterson - over 4 years ago
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The deadly mantis and his love for large transportation vehicles.... Still a better love story than twilight


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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A very underrated episode.


Anne Fleming - over 4 years ago
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I got a trivia question about the DEW line right because of the episode. Thanks MST3K!


Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - almost 5 years ago
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01:22:22 "There's got to be a morning after"
Couldn't help but think of the South Park "Succubus" episode!


aslan man - almost 5 years ago
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I wonder if I would hear "Let me be frank about Frank" if I turned my crank to FRANK?


ICEyun - almost 5 years ago
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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."


Kimono Dragon - almost 5 years ago
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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!


Stephanie~ - about 5 years ago
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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!


Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 5 years ago
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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.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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Was that bomb repair ape Mike?


Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 5 years ago
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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?


Auto K - almost 5 years ago
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I'm gonna have the "O Holy Bomb" song stuck in my head for days.


Scott Davis - about 5 years ago
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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!!


Charles Bess - over 5 years ago
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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.


Gal Dagon - over 5 years ago
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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.