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Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 February 1957 (USA)
Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, brain-eating, giant crabs.

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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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Storyline

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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10 February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ataque de los cangrejos gigantes  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Nelson "played" the crab monster with Beach Dickerson operating the monster's claws. See more »

Goofs

When Deveroux calls out to the first team upon arriving at the island, the echo does not match what he shouts. See more »

Quotes

[Hank tries to contact the U.S. Navy using a jury-rigged wireless telegraph set]
Dale Drewer: You getting through, Hank?
Hank Chapman: How should I know? I'm not on the other end of this thing!
Martha Hunter: Oh, Hank, you must get through.
Hank Chapman: I know it. It's gone dead
The Crab: [laughing, with Karl's voice] I'm afraid that won't help you, Hank. By the time ships and planes can arrive, this island will have vanished beneath the waves of the sea.
The Crab: [with Jules' voice] But you will not drown. You will be a part of me.
The Crab: [with Karl's voice again] And as with ...
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Dazzling!
22 January 2004 | by (Matango Island West) – See all my reviews

This is one of Corman's finest, a standout in the venerable killer-crab genre. A science team dispatched to a Pacific island to study the effects of atomic radiation disappears. A second team arrives to find out where they got to, and they discover that nearly all the wildlife on the island is gone, except for the land crabs, and they soon find out that the island itself is starting to disappear beneath the waves. Then the investigative team itself starts to disappear as well. Terrific monster FX. The killer crabs are wonderful, and one of them even speaks in a French accent! Great corny 50s script, and this is also a rare opportunity to see Russell Johnson in a non-'Gilligan's Island' role. Stands up to repeat viewings, unlike so many 50s horror films.


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