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Attack Of The Crab Monsters (1957)

by  |  November 14th, 2011  |  Sci Fi

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ers-1.jpg” alt=”” width=”295″ height=”400″ />In my opinion some of the truly coolest Science Fiction movies were made between the 1950s – 1980s. Oh don’t get me wrong, there has been several made before the 50s and after the 80s that are truly fantastic films:

A couple of examples of these being:

1. Invisible Agent (1942).

2. Another one being Battle In The Clouds (1909).

3. Yet another one being RoboCop 3 (1990).

4. And one of my favorite Scifi movies when I was a kid, Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991).

Despite that, there was something truly fantastic about the Science Fiction movies that came out between the 1950s – 1980s. I mean it is true that a lot of the truly classic Science Fiction movie series had their starts during this time. Including, the TV show, Star Trek (1966 – 1969), Alien (1979), The Terminator (1984), etc…

I also say that another aspect to this time period in Science Fiction movies is the B-Movie side of the Science Fiction movies that have come out of this time period. Including: Land Of Doom (1986), Westworld (1973), Queen Of Blood (1966), and The Crawling Eye (1958)…

These are just a couple of reasons why I really enjoyed Attack Of The Crab Monsters (1957):

Written by: Charles B. Griffith (The Undead) & Directed by Roger Corman (Not Of This Earth). Starring: Richard Garland (Panic In Year Zero!), Pamela Duncan (Julie), Leslie Bradley (Tarzan And The Trappers), Mel Welles (Hold That Hypnotist), and Richard H. Cutting (War Drums).

Attack Of The Crab Monsters tells the story of how during the initial testing of the first ever Nuclear weapon, a lot of Nuclear fall out ended up settling on and around a small Island in the Pacific Ocean. Now years after the end of World War 2, the United States decides to set up a small research station on this island in an effort to investigate the effects of the damage that occurred to the environment on and immediately around this small atoll, due to the presence of the nuclear fall out.

Well at some point a huge typhoon sweeps in and all evidence of the first Scientific team is whipped clean from the Island, with the exception of one of the Scientists from the first expedition, by the name of ‘McClain’. His journal is found with in the wreck of the research station.

Now after a thorough investigation of the Island by the United States Navy. The government decides to send out another science team to continue the research that was started by the first research team…

Hank (Johnson), Martha (Duncan), Dale (Garland) Karl (Bradley) as they discover that the Navy team that had been left there to help them had been killed!

With time not on their side, and with the Island seemingly crumbling in on itself, it will be up to this team of Scientists (and three demolitions experts), to find out what is happening to the Island and figure out a way to resolve it, before the only living creatures besides the Sea Gulls and the Land Crabs decide to make this team their next meal!

Now what I like about this movie, and what I do think makes this an incredible B-Movie is a couple of things:

1. I have been a fan of Roger Corman’s work for many years, from the work that he did directing, The Terror (1963), to his work as producer on such truly awesome movies as, Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986), Chopping Mall (1986), Android (1982), Queen Of Blood (1966) along with everything before, after and in between. I mean the types of movies that I have mentioned here are a very small cross section of the movies that he has had a part in bringing to life, and yet there is still many, many more campy, brilliant films to choose from in the over 400 movie career that this guys has had!

2. I also thought that it was pretty cool to see Russell Johnson (The Professor from Gilligan’s Island) in this movie!

3. I also thought that you guys might find this to be interesting, but during some research that I did about this movie, it turned out that Allied Artist Pictures (The production company which made this movie), had decided to release this in to Drive-In Theaters as a double bill with another Corman classic, Not Of This Earth (1957). The production company decided to call the double bill, ‘Terrorama! Double Horror Sensation!’

Anyway, if you are looking for a fun Corman classic to really sink your teeth in to, then you really can’t go wrong with a Corman classic, and this one is no different!


Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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