8.5/10
14
1 user 1 critic

The Mantis Project (1987)

Director:

Manie van Rensburg

Writers:

John Cundill (original screenplay), Richard Haddon Haines (screenplay) (as Richard Haines)
Reviews
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marius Weyers ... Alec Baartman
Sandra Prinsloo ... Carol Baartman
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Phil Rigby
Joe Stewardson Joe Stewardson ... Prof. John Kenyon
Joanna Palmer Joanna Palmer ... Pat Hannon
Kevin Smith Kevin Smith ... Desmond
Craig Gardner Craig Gardner ... Justin
Leslie Mongezi Leslie Mongezi ... Clarence Zwane
Gretha Brazelle Gretha Brazelle ... Belva
Dot Feldman Dot Feldman ... Della
Tembsie Times Tembsie Times ... Elsie (as Thembsie Times)
Candice Warrington Candice Warrington ... Bronwyn Baartman
Richard Haines ... Dr. Trevor Harrow
Dorothy Ann Gould Dorothy Ann Gould ... Jean
Vanessa Cooke Vanessa Cooke ... Pauline Scott

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

User Reviews

 
isolation and tragedy
19 December 2005 | by fog-9See all my reviews

i saw this as a child so my recollection of the story is SEVERELY limited... i do remember the feeling that it imparted, and it was very powerful indeed...

the story revolves around a test group that travel out to what i think is an old abandoned town... as far as I can recall, it's near the Kalahari desert in south Africa (but I could be mistaken)...

they have to survive together as part of a study. The group is very mixed, from a racial and age perspective (very interesting in a south African context)... naturally there is tension in the group, that gradually worsens as the effects of time and isolation set in...

there is additional pressure, that stems from a mysterious corrosion of normality... this is very subtle thing, and it is difficult to gauge whether it is the perception of the characters that is falling apart, or true supernatural influence...

some of the shots still haunt me, like the rocking horse in the upstairs attic of an old abandoned house... this is a very restrained series, and of genuine interest to those who enjoy psychological or supernatural thrillers...


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1987 (South Africa) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes) | (8 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed