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Alien Insect - Praying Mantis
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The film enters the world of a real-life alien - the praying mantis and shows the life cycle and behavior of the most formidable and rarest representatives of the mantis family, including several that have never been filmed before.


Writer & Director: Kurt Mündll
Camera: Franz Cee, Kurt Mündl
Edit: Kurt Mündl
Dubbing Mixer: Franz Cee
Music: Kurt Adametz

A Power of Earth production for ORF in association with Docstar, ZDF and Discovery Channel


World-wide, there exist some 2,200 species of this bizarre insect family, most of them in the subtropical and tropical zones, a few in the temperate zones of the Old an the New World. Wherever they live and whatever their size, they share one gruesome feature: Every mantis is a perfect killing machine, a living steel trap. Anything but prayerful, mantises prey on everything that moves and can be overwhelmed. This macro documentary shows the life cycle and behavior of the most formidable and rarest representatives of the mantis family, including several that have never beeen filmed before.


'Praying Mantis' is another blue-chip production from the master workshop of award-winning filmmaker Kurt Muendl. Programmes like 'An Everyday Monster' about the house fly, 'Shadow hunters' about scorpions or 'Messengers of the Gods' about butterflies have made the macro expert world-renowned. His most recent film about the Iceman has also been featured as a movie. 'Praying Mantis' promises to be another first-grade macro masterpiece.



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