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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.

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Garland ... Dale Brewer
... Martha Hunter
... Hank Chapman
... Dr. Karl Weigand
... Jules Deveroux
... Dr. James Carson (as Richard Cutting)
Beach Dickerson ... Seaman Ron Fellows (as Beech Dickerson)
Tony Miller ... Seaman Jack Sommers
... Lt. Quinlan
Robin Riley ... Seaman
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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Also Known As:

El ataque de los cangrejos gigantes  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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The film's budget was $70,000. See more »

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Wheels and legs under the giant crabs. See more »

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[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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This movie was released with the lowest of budgets but at a time when similarly themed movies were made just as cheaply. Admittedly the last time I saw this movie was probably 1957, but it still stays in my mind because the monsters seemed impossible to defeat up until the end. Many movies of this type usually gave away their ending in the first 10 minutes - The heroes were definitely going to win or the monsters were just too powerful for there to be any hope. Among those films released in the same time period Attack of the Crab Monsters was more than a cut above the norm. In century of extremely sophisticated computer generated images, the special effects in this movie must be compared with those for the 50's (not much better). If you give it a chance I think you will give it a place in your collection as it is in mine.


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