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.
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
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When Deveroux calls out to the first team upon arriving at the island, the echo does not match what he shouts. See more »
[Hank tries to contact the U.S. Navy using a jury-rigged wireless telegraph set]
You getting through, Hank?
How should I know? I'm not on the other end of this thing!
Oh, Hank, you must get through.
I know it. It's gone dead
[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.
[with Jules' voice]
But you will not drown. You will be a part of me.
[with Karl's voice again]
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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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