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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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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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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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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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Depictions of earthquakes are accomplished by merely shaking the camera. While the scientist group moves about when the earthquake strikes, the sailor group doesn't move around at all. See more »

Quotes

Jules Deveroux: Strange. We can see only a small part of the island from this spot, but yet you can feel lack of welcome - lack of abiding life, huh?
Ensign Quinlan: Yeah, I felt the same when I came here before to rescue your first group. I not only knew that they were gone but that they were lost, completely and forever, body and soul.
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One of a Kind Horror Treat
16 November 1998 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

It bizarre, preposterous, silly, campy, creepy, a bit gory, a little scary and a whole lot of fun.

Where does one begin with a film such as this. Campy, creepy, bizarre, for it's time quite shocking (a decapitation) and a favorite of 10 year to 14 year old boys watching Chiller Theatre showings of this Corman classic in the mid 60's.

Originally released with another classic Corman, Not of this Earth in 1957, this is one of the strangest horror films ever made.

Scientists are held captive on an Island by a gang of atomic mutated giant paper-mache crabs. They eat several brainy scientist types, luring them into their cave lairs via psychic communication, gotten I suppose through the assimilation of the scientists brains. Got that? Good.

It wasn't quite formula stuff then, but it is now. You know the group is isolated and picked off one by one... here it's an island, in slasher movies it's summer camps or sorority houses, or space ships (Alien) etc. etc.

But this is back in '57 and the formula was almost fresh then.

Enjoy it.


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