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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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Cast

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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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 »

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Wheels and legs under the giant crabs. See more »

Quotes

Hank Chapman: What does it mean, Doctor?
Dr. Karl Weigand: He is dead.
Dale Drewer: But he spoke, Carl.
Hank Chapman: Is this supposed to be a ghost story?
Dr. Karl Weigand: No. No, I do not believe in ghosts. We are dealing with a man who is dead, but whose voice and memory live. How this can be I do not know, but its implications are far more terrible than any ghost could ever be.
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Unlike Anything Else
27 May 2005 | by (Illinoize) – See all my reviews

It took me years to track down this entertaining and creepy Corman classic. If the budget had matched the story and plot, it would have been one of the greatest SF pics ever.

The "crabs" (actually they are more like energy creatures in the shape of crabs) are unique and dangerous adversaries who absorb the minds and personalities of their victims. This leads to a lot of eerie moments where the voices of dead characters come back to lure the survivors. "My leg no longer bothers me," says one. "It is almost exhilarating! You must join us..." Everything about the crabs is unpredictable. Sometimes they are almost jovial. "That was quick thinking!" one tells a human who just tried to destroy it,using the voice of a dead comrade.

Unfortunately, the crab monsters are none too convincing in sustained shots (though they are certainly memorable). I was on the edge of my chair waiting to see how the scientists got out of this one.

If you're not some MST3K nerd who pokes fun at everything that doesn't have 21st century production values, "Attack of the Crab Monsters" will definitely intrigue and entertain!


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