Attack of the Crab Monsters

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Attack of the Crab Monsters

Post  BoG on Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:01 pm



The title of this one may seem self-explanatory - giant crabs attack and kill humans - but not necessarily. Some people forget that Roger Corman tried to add something extra to his little films, even though his rep now is just as the B-film schlock producer. The film takes place in one of those very isolated locations, on an island. Things go bad swiftly, as several people are marooned and then it gets a lot worse as they find out that a couple of crabs on the isle have apparently mutated into larger specimens. But, there's more; the crabs can absorb the minds of their victims - it gets pretty eerie.
In Keep Watching the Skies, author Bill Warren opines that lead hero Richard Garland looked more like a villain. The more standard heroic-looking guy was played by Russell Johnson; he did a few of these Golden Age Sci-fi pics, notably It Came From Outer Space (1953). He went on to more fame in the sixties as the Professor in Gilligan's Island. Also in a small role is Ed Nelson, who also appeared in stuff like Teenage Caveman (1957). BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10
Crab Trivia: (click poster to enter Flash Candy site):  

ONE OF THE STARS, RUSSELL JOHNSON, BROKE HIS TOE WHILE PLAYING A SCENE IN THE WATER; HE WAS FORCED TO CONTINUE IN THE ROLE WITHOUT MUCH MEDICAL ATTENTION, DUE TO THE LOW BUDGET (ROGER CORMAN SCHOOL OF FILMMAKING)...

DESPITE THE PAINFUL TRIAL, JOHNSON WOULD RETURN
TO A LONG-RUNNING ROLE ON ANOTHER ISLAND ON SIXTIES TV..
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