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Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

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People are trapped on a shrinking island by intelligent, brain-eating giant crabs. Roger Corman directs.

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Garland ...
Dale Drewer
Pamela Duncan ...
Martha Hunter
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Hank Chapman
Leslie Bradley ...
Dr. Karl Weigand
Mel Welles ...
Jules Deveroux
Richard H. Cutting ...
Dr. James Carson (as Richard Cutting)
Beach Dickerson ...
Seaman Ron Fellows
Tony Miller ...
Seaman Jack Sommers
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Ensign Quinlan
Maitland Stuart ...
Seaman Mac
Charles B. Griffith ...
Seaman Tate
Robin Riley
Doug Roberts
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A group of scientists travel to a remote island to study the effects of nuclear weapons tests, only to get stranded when their airplane explodes. The team soon discovers that the island has been taken over by crabs that have mutated into enormous, intelligent monsters. To add to their problems, the island is slowly sinking into the ocean. Will any of them manage to escape? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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From the depths of the sea... a tidal wave of terror!

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »
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10 February 1957 (USA)  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Russell Johnson broke his toe while splashing around in the water during one scene. Due to the low budget of the film, director Roger Corman had a stage tech tape up Johnson's toe and immediately ordered him back in the water to finish the scene. See more »

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Although Ed Nelson's character is listed in the credits as Ensign Quinlan, he is referred to by Dr's Hunter and Weigand as Lieutenant Quinlan. See more »

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[the sailors are playing poker using dynamite for chips]
Seaman Jack Sommers: Bet you ten.
Seaman Ron Fellows: Okay, I'll bet your ten and I'll raise you ten.
[Fellows lays his cigarette on the pile of dynamite]
Seaman Jack Sommers: If you're not careful, you'll raise us both ten feet!
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4 December 2000 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

This movie was released with the lowest of budgets but at a time when similarly themed movies were made just as cheaply. Admittedly the last time I saw this movie was probably 1957, but it still stays in my mind because the monsters seemed impossible to defeat up until the end. Many movies of this type usually gave away their ending in the first 10 minutes - The heroes were definitely going to win or the monsters were just too powerful for there to be any hope. Among those films released in the same time period Attack of the Crab Monsters was more than a cut above the norm. In century of extremely sophisticated computer generated images, the special effects in this movie must be compared with those for the 50's (not much better). If you give it a chance I think you will give it a place in your collection as it is in mine.


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