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Praying Mantis

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Praying Mantis

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Jane Seymour

We gave it a B

You know Jane Seymour is a psychotic serial killer in Praying Mantis because she wears a brunet helmet of a wig, which is the universal hairdo among actresses playing dangerous nut jobs, especially when the actress is otherwise known for her long, romantically tousled honey brown locks (and for playing the title role in CBS’ Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman). Here, Seymour’s particular nut job has a habit of marrying men and then doing them in because she was abused as a child, which has made her very, very mad. With five husbands offed (she keeps the wedding rings as souvenirs), she sets her sights on Barry Bostwick (War and Remembrance), a widower with a teenage son (Dr. Quinn costar Chad Allen). Luckily for the plot (but unluckily for her personal safety), Frances Fisher (Unforgiven) figures out the ugly truth about her brother-in-law’s intended. Seymour does those hug-the-guy-while-looking-over-his-shoulder-with-a-demonic-stare shots very well in this formulaic production, directed by her new (fourth) husband, James Keach, and generally looks happy to be horrid and freed, for the moment, from her quaint prairie skirts. B