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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.
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.
First thing first, what a fantastic name. If you knew nothing but the name you'd totally want to check it out. Corman really knew what people wanted when it came to titles (the artwork is also appropriately cheesy). The film kicks off with a old school mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion, classic stuff that immediately (and magically) makes Crab Monsters both legitimate and vengeful.
The film doesn't really play up the monster element however going for the inevitable doom of the scientist/survivors. It's a strategy that is cost effective but difficult to make rewarding, worsened in light of such a attention grabbing headline title that audiences want to see made good on. The acting, shooting and plotting are terribly…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
This movie is a lot more intelligent than you would think for the title of it. I expected nothing but shlock and cheap thrills but it's more involved than that.
The quality of production, plot and acting is low, but the fun level is high. This definitely turned out to be one of those "so bad, it's fun" kind of movies. You will enjoy the earthquakes of the non-stable radioactive island, the scientific explanations for the crab creatures' mutations, the screams from terrified victims and the creature effects. You will wonder at how such creatures were operated in this low budget film and if you watch carefully at the final sequence, you will get a glimpse into the technological device used to operate the creatures ;)
Russell Johnson, who later played the Professor in Gilligan's Island, has a strong supporting role in this movie.
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Part of my "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Task 17: Gigantic Creature Feature! Any film that takes a life form and supersizes it like McD's!
Attack of the Crab Monsters
"That means that the crab can eat its victim's brain, absorbing their mind intact and working?" Yes, yes it does.
Giant Crabs people! Within the first 5 minutes, we've got a headless sailor thanks to a giant crab. Roger Corman's early low budget D.I.Y films are "bad", but for a lot of people there's no love lost due to that. Attack of the Crab Monsters will make you laugh, but it's not the best Nuclear Age creature feature. No real attention to detail here and the editing/splicing of footage…
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."
Roger Corman sci-fi horror concerning a group of scientists who investigate an irradiated island after a previous group disappears. Pamela Duncan, who also starred in Corman's Undead, stars as a super cute, ocean biologist with Russell Johnson as a savvy technician. The goofy concept suffers from some poor technical execution and a cheap look, however, it's difficult not to enjoy a killer crab movie, plus the dialogue and exposition dumps are priceless, while Duncan looks equally great in scuba gear or a nightgown.
Not enough crab.
Mildly enjoyable, but totally ridiculous, schlocky B-Movie from the legendary Roger Corman. It drags in places but is fun enough to make up for that.
I particularly enjoyed the relationship that develops (seemingly out of nowhere) between Hank & Martha who is, or so it appears, engaged to Dale - another member of the party. Any potential impropriety disappears almost as quickly as it arrives and Corman neatly bursts our hopes for any romance in the closing scene.
It seems so incredible these days that an entire genre of filmmaking was based on the social & political situation of the time - nuclear testing as a result of the stalemate between two superpowers - but it was responsible for producing some great work (and some not so great). I wonder, rather than hope, whether something like that will ever happen again.
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
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