Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)




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Irradiated Giant Crabs Eat Scientists' Brains on Pacific Atoll. Is this a headline for a popular tabloid? No. But it is the basic premise of this low-budget but chilling Roger Corman horror outing.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles B. Griffith
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On DVD: Feb 11, 2003
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as Dale Drewer

as Martha Hunter

as Hank Chapman

as Dr. Karl Weigand

as Jules Deveroux

as Dr. James Carson

as Dr. James Carson

as Jack Somers

as Ens. Quinlan

as Jules Deveroux
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Critic Reviews for Attack of the Crab Monsters

All Critics (6)

Some delightfully campy idiocy typical of the genre, with that extra spin of dazzling showmanship that separated Corman from all of his peers.

Full Review… | June 20, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Smarter than you'd be right in expecting a movie called Attack of the Crab Monsters to be, and this is in part because the crabs themselves are that much smarter, too.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011

Bear in mind we're talking about giant mutant telepathic crabs bent on world domination.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A truly weird, even surreal film that offers more evidence that dehumanization -- whether by mutation, takeover, identity transference, transformation or insanity -- is Corman's great theme...

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

... a bizarre entry in the post-atomic giant creature features with a twist of ghost story.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Parallax View

A minor cult film.

Full Review… | December 16, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Attack of the Crab Monsters


Was really great to see this movie come out on DVD. I remember seeing this when I was growing up on Long Island. As a teen I used to enjoy going down to local waterfront and doing some crabbing, after seeing this I was a little wary and you would catch me down on the docks after dark for quite some time. This was a great drive in movie, The crabs were kind of cheap but all in all a good movie for the sci fi era. 3 1/2 stars 3-21-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

For a second-rate creature feature, "Attack of the Crab Monsters" manages to be a decently entertaining watch if viewed on a lazy afternoon. The film was directed by Roger Corman, who directed 55 movies in his career along with producing around 400, most of the film's he worked on were very low-budget B-movies such as this one. Originally released as a double bill with another Corman sci-fi feature "Not of this Earth", the film has very bare-bones production value but juggles enough interesting ideas (such as the crabs absorbing the knowledge of it's victims) to make it respectably entertaining on it's own right. The acting is pretty standard for the character archetypes each one of the them is assigned to and the screenplay contains some really silly science but the film moves at such an efficient pace that it never fails to keep the viewers attention. The effects for the giant crabs are very cheap-looking and cheesy, which is probably why the movie sticks to mostly showing their arms or showing the whole crab in quick-edit shots. Overall, it is a decently entertaining 50's creature feature, but not the best.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

It's a threadbare production even by Roger Corman's standards, but it does have some really neat ideas underlying it all and manages some kind of atmosphere.

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