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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 ... 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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Taglines:

From the depths of the sea... a tidal wave of terror!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Charles B. Griffith, the writer of this movie, also plays the part of Seaman Tate. The guy who falls out of the boat and into the water and then gets his head cut off by the Giant Crab Monster. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, the landing boat has ten people in it. Moments later Lt. Quinlan says the boat is bringing more supplies. This is the same landing boat. How could it have gone back to the seaplane so fast and returned? Also the amount of people has increased. One Seaman too many. 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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Alternate Versions

This was one of a group of films for which Allied Artists prepared a modified version for U.S. 16mm television syndication prints. These prints started off with a lengthy clip from the movie and added an introductory crawl. This extra padding brought the film's running time up to approximately 70 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Footloose (2011) See more »

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Unlike Anything Else
27 May 2005 | by drmality-1See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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