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Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

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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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A scene involving two pilots was shot, but cut from the final finished film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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One of the Best Grade Z Movies Ever
25 May 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

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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