4.8/10
2,038
73 user 41 critic

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

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

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay) (as Charles Griffith)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She fails to anticipate the typical hoary side- effects.

Directors: Roger Corman, Jack Hill
Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Giant mollusk monsters attack California.

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Hans Conried
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski
Stars: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepard
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry
The Spider (1958)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, Eugene Persson
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Garland ...
Dale Drewer
Pamela Duncan ...
Martha Hunter
...
Hank Chapman
...
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
...
Ensign Quinlan
Maitland Stuart ...
Seaman Mac
...
Seaman Tate
Robin Riley
Doug Roberts
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 February 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ataque de los cangrejos gigantes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

Although Richard Garland's character is called "Brewer" throughout the movie, the end credits spell his character's name as "Dale Drewer". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
See more »

Connections

Featured in It's a Bikini World (1967) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A perennial favourite of all B movie buffs.
21 July 2001 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Whether Roger Corman likes it or not this is one of the movies he will always be remembered for. Radiation gets the blame again and spawns mutant crabs who can walk forward (something no real crab can do), talk, and absorb the brains of the people they eat. These ambitious soft shelled terrors want to conquer the world and digest the brains of several scientists to gain the know-how to do that. Believe me, a giant crab with a PHd. is a dangerous thing! Corman's usual stock company does very well here. Mel Welles and Leslie Bradley sport believeable accents, Richard Garland and Pamela Duncan (both of whom would be in THE UNDEAD the same year) are a fine couple, Russell Johnson is great and Beech Dickerson is the comedy relief. If we can believe Ed Nelson, he is the one who was under the giant crab and he also dimly recalled Jack Nicholson hanging around the location pestering Roger for something to do so maybe Jack was helping move the crab around too. Gore is non existant (it was 1957 for cryin' out loud!) except for a decapitation at the start of the film (interestingly (symbolically?) the victim is Charles Griffith who wrote the screenplay). Can I get serious for a moment now? Would someone get in touch with Roger and get him to round up the cast members who are still alive and release this on DVD with an audio commentary track? There IS a market for this movie out there and a 45th anniversary edition would, in my opinion, sell very well. Roger . . .er . . .Mr. Corman, if perchance you should read this, get in touch with me.


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Professor from Gillian's Island - No one noticed? imdb-19357
DVD? mouse47
lolz Sephiroth-ffac
ON TCM 12-08-07 kooljerk666
Old monster movies Ammo08
shrinking island blueeyedbear
Discuss Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?