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Attack of the Crab Monsters
From the depths of the sea... a tidal wave of terror!
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?
Entertaining and fast-paced Roger Corman picture about a team investigating giant crab monsters that have been created by nuclear testing on a pacific island.
At least, I am pretty sure that's what happened.
Plenty to enjoy for fans of 50's drive-in fare: Giant crab monsters that look decent for the film's low budget. Hot brunette scientist in a swimsuit and various "sweater girl" outfits to which she does justice. And gorgeous 50's artwork on the opening credits.
Admittedly, the idea of gigantic, intelligent, mutant crabs hunting a team of scientists on a remote island is full of potential. Roger Corman's film that is built around that idea, "Attack of the Crab Monsters," is somewhat of a uninvolving ordeal; and it does not live up to its conceptual potential.
The film is a, perhaps 'the,' quintessential B-movie. Dubious performances, a shoestring budget, and a terribly executed monster effect are all on display. It may lack the sense of fun (or, alternatively, horror) needed to make it work; but the film does stand as an interesting relic.
Giant mutated crab. Can't kill it with a gun because "bullets pass right through it like x-rays." (???) Absorbs its victims' essences. I say leave the old boy alone - he's isolated on an island that is, due to nuclear testing, uninhabitable - but Corman's team of not-quite-crackerjack doctors and demolitionists walk right into the pit, of course. It was okay. Needed more crab. All of the characters who weren't French blended together into an amorphous blob of doesn't-have-an-hilarious-French-accent. But you'd be a churl to cringe at the titular creature.
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You've gotta love the B-movie-maker mentality -- it is one of tremendous ignorance and bravery. The ignorance? Of things like science, continuity, and logic. The bravery? The balls to embrace this ignorance and make a movie regardless of it. In fact, I don't think it's fair to call this movie "science fiction" -- it's more like "science absurdity". Did you know that giant crabs can eat human brains and assimilate their memories? Did you know that giant crabs are negatively charged and can be disintegrated with electricity? Did you know that giant crabs can funnel telepathic voices through metal objects into audible speech? Roger Corman does!!!
A fun (and better than average, actually) B-movie for a rainy Saturday afternoon. Starring the Professor from Gilligan's Island, if that does anything for you.
Absurd and amusingly po-faced Roger Corman cheapie that features one of the all-time great lines of dialogue: "Once, they were men. Now they are land crabs."
The idea of giant, intelligent crabs sounds pretty cool but the movie doesn't live up to it. It's fairly dull and the talking crabs come off as silly, not scary.
Such a fun movie.
god bless roger corman
The crab monsters are cool and I really like the way the talk - very unique among monster movies I've seen. Unfortunately, we don't actually get to see the crabs until about 2/3 of the way through the movie. And it has THE MOST ABRUPT ENDING EVER. It ended and I was like, "What?! What?! WHAT?!" I felt like the rug had been ripped out from under me. It was SO abrupt!
Overall, it's a low-budget '50s monster movie about giant crabs. That pretty much says it all.
A research team (including a pre-"Gilligan's Island" Russell "Professor" Johnson) on a deserted Pacific island encounter giant man-eating mutant crabs spawned by radioactive fallout. Hilarity naturally ensues. Viva Roger Corman!
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Pretty apocalyptic ending here, with the surviving couple left stranded on a mostly destroyed island (as in, it's pretty much just a few rock above sea level) with one crab monster still alive. A nuclear threat that is merely contained (they killed the pregnant crab monster) and only done so through great bloody sacrifice.
Also the crab monsters are telepathic, absorbing the minds of the people they eat - minds that help them now due to survival instinct. They are also impervious to bullets and explosives, and can only be killed with electrical energy.
"So you have wounded me and i must grow a new claw."
It's a 1950's b-movie about telepathic mutant crabs that eat people, i think the title pretty much lets you know what you're in for. I love how dopey the crabs look, the highlight for me being the 50 minute mark when one of the crabs emerges from behind a rock to gloat at the scientists about how he can regenerate whilst they can't. Classic Corman
This surprisingly doesn't show much of the titular monsters. We only see a few of the attacks, mostly just the aftermath is what we are privy to. By all means, this should make the movie frustrating, but A) it is only an hour long, so 2 big attacks (with the last fifteen minutes just being one) is all one needs, and B) the style of the movie unnerves, as the mystery is unfolding, so there is still tension and suspense.
Roger Corman is considered one of the best for a reason, and his directing here proves why. The monsters eyes do look goofy as hell, but their sound design and quick movements make them fairly creepy. This is loads of fun.
Look like crabs, talk like people.
Hey, the poster IS amazing. I have a postcard of it on my wall. The crabs in the movie kinda suck though.
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