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Attack of the Crab Monsters
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Writer:
Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 February 1957 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
From the depths of the sea... a tidal wave of terror!
Plot:
People are trapped on a shrinking island by intelligent, brain-eating giant crabs. Roger Corman directs. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Richard Garland ... Dale Drewer
Pamela Duncan ... Martha Hunter

Russell Johnson ... 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

Ed Nelson ... Ensign Quinlan
Maitland Stuart ... Seaman Mac
Charles B. Griffith ... Seaman Tate
Robin Riley
Doug Roberts

Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) (as Charles Griffith)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Charles B. Griffith .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ronald Stein 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Gross  (as Charles Gross Jr.)
 
Makeup Department
Curly Batson .... makeup artist (as Curley Batson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maurice Vaccarino .... assistant director
Charles B. Griffith .... director underwater scenes (uncredited)
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... props (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Beach Dickerson .... crab monster operator (uncredited)
Ed Nelson .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... chief grip (uncredited)
Floyd Williams .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maitland Stuart .... underwater technician
Paul Julian .... title designer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
62 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #18415)

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Trivia:
Allied Artists Pictures released this film on a double bill with Not of This Earth (1957) to many drive-in theaters with the tag line "Terrorama! Double Horror Sensation!"See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Deveroux calls out to the first team upon arriving at the island, the echo does not match what he shouts.See more »
Quotes:
Martha Hunter:Doctor, you're not going to suggest that we save it for science? That would be suicide!
Dr. Karl Weigand:No, thank you, Martha. I have no ambition toward becoming a mad scientist, but I do think we ought to try and capture the thing. Would you not like to examine a live specimen?
Martha Hunter:Certainly I would, but I had a chance to see how the "specimen" examined the lab wall last night.
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994)See more »

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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Unlike Anything Else, 27 May 2005
Author: drmality-1 (drmality@sbcglobal.net) from Illinoize

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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