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Attack of the Crab Monsters
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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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Probably the Best Talking Crab Movie Ever See more (65 total) »

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
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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)
 
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Maitland Stuart .... underwater technician
Paul Julian .... title designer (uncredited)
 

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62 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:PG | USA:Approved (certificate #18415)

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A scene involving two pilots was shot, but cut from the final finished film.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: 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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Dr. Karl Weigand:What do you want?
Jules Deveroux:First, I want to reassure you that I am of sound mind, if not of body.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Probably the Best Talking Crab Movie Ever, 7 June 2000
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

I last saw this film in 1963 on "Chiller," a locally produced TV show out of Minneapolis which showcased B horror movies every Sunday night. For years my friends and I would toss around the line, "I can grow a new claw--can you grow a new life?" I recently purchased a copy on the Internet and had a chance to watch it again. Except for the conventional bumbling around that characters in this kind of movie do (wandering in the dark in the middle of the night; responding to amplified voices as they lie in their beds in fear; going alone through caves where there is only one exit and the crabs are definitely around) this is pretty entertaining. I'm not sure whether these crabs have world domination in mind (revenge for those little forks and drawn butter) or just want to rid the island of humans. They do a real number on the eco-system. Will they have any beaches left to go to. Will they eventually go back to being "just crabs" or will they take their ventriloquist act on the road? We really don't know.

I think the strength of the movie is the cool, oppressive atmosphere and threat posed by the enterprising crustaceans. A weakness is that there is no explanation of their fine motor skills. They seemingly knock down everything in their paths in their lumbering way, but are still able to destroy just the right parts to dismantle a radio and are able to blow up a plane. If you don't do too much criticizing or thinking, you will enjoy this early Roger Corman gem.

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