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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.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Charles B. Griffith (screenplay by) (as Charles Griffith)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... Dale Brewer
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 Beach Dickerson ... Seaman Ron Fellows (as Beech Dickerson)
Tony Miller Tony Miller ... Seaman Jack Sommers
Ed Nelson ... Lt. Quinlan
Robin Riley Robin Riley ... Seaman
Doug Roberts Doug Roberts ... Seaman
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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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ataque de los cangrejos gigantes See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Los Altos Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Russell Johnson broke his toe while splashing around in the water during one scene. Due to the low budget of the film, director Roger Corman had a stage tech tape up Johnson's toe and immediately ordered him back in the water to finish the scene. See more »

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When the scuba divers are rising to the surface (from the underwater camera shot), the water depth appears to be over 25 feet, yet when the camera angle changes to above, the divers immediately stand up after surfacing. See more »

Quotes

[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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Danger, Crabs are attacking
1 November 2005 | by Chris GaskinSee all my reviews

I've seen Attack of the Crab Monsters just the once and this is one of Roger Corman's better movies.

A group of people on a remote island come under attack from rather hungry giant crabs which are the result of an A-bomb test and to make matters worse, the island is sinking. These crabs turn out to be rather intelligent too as they absorb the brains of their victims and this makes them talk as well. The survivors are rescued at the end when the island finally sinks, taking the crabs with it.

I have an NTSC copy of Attack of the Crab Monsters of which the quality of the print is rather bad. I'm sure there are better prints of it out there.

The cast includes Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan and and Russell Johnson.

A good movie, just a pity about the bad print.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.


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