Mantis in Lace (Special Edition)
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The plot concerns a topless dancer, Lila (Susan Stewart)who has taken one too many acid trips. The result leaves her a murderous, psychotic sexual freak who, after making love, slaughters her lovers with two handy weapons of choice - a screwdriver and meatcleaver.
The image quality and sound are nothing short of stunning for a film of this ilk. Evidently the transfer used was from the original negative and it certainly shows.
The extras on this Something Weird disc are quite amazing. We get an alternative Mantis murder sequence, the wonderful color trip sequence to Alice In Acidland, a go-go loop called Lady in a Cage,a poster gallery with radio spots, and 100 minutes of outtakes filled with gore, sex and ultra groovy LSD visuals. To top it off there are previews for The Mad Butcher, The Curious Dr Humpp and Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks.
Something Weird have certainly delivered a wonderful release of a film that defined the underground Grindhouse movement of the 60s.
As the go go dancer Lila ("Lila" was this movie's alternate title), Susan Stewart has a vague English (maybe Dutch?) accent, à la Dolly Read from "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," and an acting style akin to John Waters' late star Edith Massey. After dancing her set, she picks up a "hippie" (you can tell he's a hippie because he's wearing a dorky earring that resembles a homemade Christmas ornament) and takes him back to a warehouse owned by her father. They drop acid and have tepid sex on a mattress, while Lila sees all the swirling colors that signify all cinematic acid trips of this time period. But when she thinks she's being force-fed bananas (?) she freaks and stabs her faux-hippie one-night-stand in the back with a screwdriver, then hacks him to bits with a meat cleaver that happens to be handy. Then it's time for more topless go go dancing! The whole movie follows this pattern: Lila dances, picks up a man, does acid, freaks during sex and kills him. In between the go go dancing and LSD carnage are scenes of two "Dragnet"-style cops investigating (poorly) the murders.Read more ›
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For those unfamiliar with Something Weird Video, the company specializes in nearly forgotten public domain schlock exploitation films, primarily from the 1950s to 70s. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Silver Screen VIdeos
"Mantis in Lace" can't seem to decide if it's a sexploitation flick, a psychedelic horror movie, or a straightforward police story, so it just bounces around between the... Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by St. James
I know that there are those that like when someone like Something Weird Video digs up some old forgotten cult gem and re-releases it but, I'm sorry, this movie sucks by any... Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by Eric Sanber
3 stars for Mantis In Lace,4 for the rest of the disc. Lila! Get use to that tune,it'll probably stick with you forever. Every previous review has told all there is to know. Read morePublished on June 9, 2007 by J. Owens
Mantis in Lace is a very mixed bag. You would think that a sexploitation / mad-slasher movie combined with the LSD subculture of the 60's would be a great idea -- and it is. Read morePublished on February 22, 2004 by Edward Torpy
You can't compare this film to THe WALL. Here is my opinion(if u want it). People who are born from the 1980's on should NEVER compare a film they just recently watched from... Read morePublished on August 2, 2003
I recently bought this on VHS and finally finished watching it. Nothing really to add except that Lila's indeciferable accent is just a slight "Little Dutch Girl" twang in her... Read morePublished on April 7, 2002 by Peter Beamer
A trippy psychedelic go-go dancing murder movie. The dialogue scenes were pretty fun to watch - wish there were more of them. Read morePublished on August 3, 2001 by Freakbag
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