Attack of the Crab Monsters

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"From the depths of the sea... A TIDAL WAVE OF TERROR!"
  • Approved
  • 1957
  • 1 hr 2 min
  • 4.9  (3,702)

In 1957, Attack of the Crab Monsters hit the cinemas as a science fiction horror film directed by Roger Corman. It stars Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, and Russell Johnson, and tells the story of a team of scientists who land on a remote island used for nuclear testing, only to find that it is inhabited by monstrous mutated crabs that are smarter than they appear.

The film begins with a group of researchers, led by Dr. Karl Weigand (Garland), landing on a remote island in the Pacific. The team is eager to study the effects of atomic radiation on the wildlife and plants of the island. Upon their arrival, they come across an eerie landscape where the trees are mutated and the vegetation has grown to an enormous size.

The team soon discovers that they are not alone on the island, as unusual sounds and movements signal that they are being watched. After setting up camp, the group begins to explore their surroundings, and they uncover several unsettling discoveries. They find a group of human corpses, missing limbs and other body parts. The deaths are mysterious, with no evident cause of death.

As the team continues to explore, they encounter a giant crab, much larger than the normal size, and with lethal pincers. The team realizes that something on the island is causing the animals and plants to mutate and that the crabs are evolving to the point where they may soon pose a threat to humanity.

The team is led by Dr. Weigand, the authoritative figure among them. Pam (Duncan) is also on the team, and she's in a relationship with Hank (Johnson), the other male scientist on the team. They are assisted by Dale Bascum (Mel Welles), who is a technician who worked on the radio equipment of the team. Dr. Weigand contacts his partner on the mainland with radio equipment to inform them of their discoveries, but it quickly becomes apparent that communication is impossible.

Soon after this, the team realizes that the crabs have already killed two of the group, leaving a narrow chance for the rest of them to get through the ordeal. But that is easier said than done, as the crabs have a special ability allowing them to absorb human knowledge and intelligence - making them even more dreadful.

Attack of the Crab Monsters is a fun, well-crafted B-list movie that can entertain anyone. The film's dialogue and performances are a product of their time, and the sound effects and crab monsters still impress.

The film's plot had many inspirations from the atomic age culture, like the underlying effects of radiation causing unnatural behavior or that of a mutated creature. The plot also touches on themes of the government's destructive way of experimenting with radiation and nuclear weapons in remote islands.

The film's animation and special effects are well designed and are impressive and innovative, given the time of the film's release. The actual monsters are huge, impressive crabs, made using foam rubber with big, bulbous eyes that make it look like they have human emotions.

As a science fiction movie, Attack of the Crab Monsters delivers excitement and entertainment for fans of made-for-TV B-Horror. The cast of characters is interesting, with Pamela Duncan and Richard Garland as the movie's leads, and they give that nostalgic thrill that makes this movie fun to watch.

In conclusion, Attack of the Crab Monsters is a piece of vintage B-level cinema. It's easy to understand why the film has become a cult classic and why it's still celebrated among horror aficionados. Even now, over six decades on from its creation, the movie's eerie atmosphere, gruesome sound effects, and big, terrifying crabs still manage to shock audiences.

Attack of the Crab Monsters is a 1957 science fiction movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 2 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.9.

Attack of the Crab Monsters
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    1 hr 2 min
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    4.9  (3,702)