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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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One of the Best Grade Z Movies 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

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:
Ed Nelson "played" the crab monster with Beach Dickerson operating the monster's claws.See more »
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Miscellaneous: Although Ed Nelson's character is listed in the credits as Ensign Quinlan, he is referred to by Dr's Hunter and Weigand as Lieutenant Quinlan.See more »
Quotes:
Hank Chapman:Well, you remember that first big H-bomb test - the one that blew Elugelab Island right out of the ocean?
Seaman Ron Fellows:Well, who forgets that?
Hank Chapman:A tremendous amount of the radioactive fallout came this way. A great seething, burning cloud of it sank into this area, blanketing the island with hot ashes and radioactive seawater. Dr. Weigand's group is here to study fallout effects at their worst...
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28 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Grade Z Movies Ever, 25 May 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Yes, I gave the film 10 out of 10. I'm not proud. Where this movie is concerned I have no shame. I loved this movie from the moment I saw it on New York's Creature Features way back in the late 1960's as a five year old.

At five this movie scared the crap out of me, now its just cheaply done fun. How can anyone who reads the title or the plot, about a research team on a lonely island being stalked by giant crabs that eat the brains of their victims and then can then talk like them, and expect it to be anything other than it is? If you're interested by interested the plot, then odds are you're going to like it.

What makes the film stand up as more than just a grade z piece of trash is the fact the actors sell what they are doing. You believe that that believe. Had this film been done now it would have been a nod and a wink and it all would have been forgotten ten minutes after the cameras finished rolling. The visual effects, the destruction of the island and the crabs themselves are a cut above the typical 1950's horror/sci-fi monster, there is something ominous about them, even if they don't movie all that well.

A great popcorn film.

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