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Attack of the Crab Monsters

USA 1957
produced by
Roger Corman, Charles B. Griffith (associate) for Los Altos Productions, Allied Artists
directed by Roger Corman
starring Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson, Leslie Bradley, Mel Welles, Richard H.Cutting, Beach Dickerson, Tony Miller, Ed Nelson, Maitland Stuart, Charles B.Griffith, Robin Riley, Doug Roberts
written by Charles B.Griffith, music by Ronald Stein, special effects by Ed Nelson

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Doctor Weigand (Leslie Bradley) and his team of scientists come to a remote island which is supposed to have been touched by a nuclear cloud and where another team of scientists has escaped from the face of the earth. Soon enough, members of Weigand's party vanish as well, but not only that, the whole island seems to be disappearing by and by - and not only that either, the disappeared, probably dead, members of the group are still able to communicate with the living, but only to lure them into deadly traps. And as if that wasn't enough, giant crabs attack our heroes as well, giant crabs who obviously are able to make the brains of those they have eaten part of their brains and can thus telepathically (?) talk to other humans. Eventually, Weigand and company find out the crabs can be killed by electrocution, but since all the scientists are way too eager to explore the caves that seem to be the cause of the on-going disappearance of the island to take care of the problem at hand, they die like flies until the survivors are down to biologist Martha (Pamela Duncan), her college sweetheart Dale (Richard Garland), also a biologist, and technician Hank (Russell Johnson), who is secretly in love with Martha, but when he realizes it's hopeless and she'll never leave Dale, he gives his life eletrocuting the last of the crabs and this way saving the girl he loves.

 

Now this film has a wild plot even for an atomic scare sci-fi movie from the 1950's: Telepathic crabs that can assimilate (in lack of a better word) human brains and take them over ... wow. Unfortunately, this idea is just too wild to not be silly, and in this case, the silliness does not work in the film's favour, and in this case, Roger Corman, an at times ingenious low budget director, can do very little to turn the ship around, making this one of his lesser efforts. But be that as it may, especially for its silliness, this is at least a nice party movie.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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