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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, murderous giant crabs.

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Richard Garland ...
Dale Drewer
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Martha Hunter
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Hank Chapman
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Dr. Karl Weigand
Mel Welles ...
Jules Deveroux
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Dr. James Carson (as Richard Cutting)
Beach Dickerson ...
Seaman Ron Fellows
Tony Miller ...
Seaman Jack Sommers
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Ensign Quinlan
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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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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Paul Blaisdell was a member of Roger Corman's unofficial "stock company". He would normally build the monsters and special props for Corman's features. He turned this project down because he felt he could not do an adequate job for the money that was being offered. See more »

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As Martha, swimming in the sea, approaches a giant clam on the sea bottom, a square reflection can be seen on the glass of the tank she is actually swimming in. See more »

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[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.
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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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