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ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS - 2 Slimes
Not Rated
Copyright 1957 Allied Artists Pictures Corporation.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Hank - Russell Johnson! In addition to being the only useful member of the group he hates crabs on general principle. Electrocutes himself and the last crab, thus saving mankind.
  • Martha and Dale - Biologists in love, though Martha was just about ready to give Hank a test drive. Her boyfriend is a putz.
  • Karl Weigand - Nuclear physicist, first to suspect the existence of mutated monsters, the last to get eaten.
  • Jules Deveroux - French botanist who has one hand cut off by falling rocks. He does not even have time to contemplate how that will affect his sex life before a crab eats him.
  • James Carson - Geologist and light snack.
  • Two Navy Guys - Trained in demolition, though they must have been swabbing the deck when safety was taught. Crab chow.
  • The Crab Monsters - Giant mutated land crabs with human eyes, not only are they nearly impossible to kill, the creatures absorb their victim's intellect by consuming the brain and can project voices through metal objects. (At one point an ashtray is speaking in Jules' voice.) Hank kills both of them.

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The Plot: 

After a group of scientists studying the effects of nuclear radiation disappears there is only one thing to do, send another group armed with grenades and rifles to replace them. Unfortunately the floatplane, which transported the team, explodes on takeoff and leaves them marooned and their radio rendered temporarily useless by severe weather.

The Researchers begin conducting experiments on the rapidly shrinking atoll, never guessing what horrors await. Perhaps you are wondering why it's shrinking. Well, the mutated crabs are doing it to make killing the humans easier, despite have no problem killing the previous party on a full sized island. I guess they don't like having to chase down their prey. It is even worse than we imagined! In addition to being huge, mutated, man-eating, and nearly indestructible the monsters are fat and lazy to boot! Obviously people and atolls are fattening. Over the period of a few days the crabs destroy several square miles of rock. It is pretty darn impressive, but why did the scientists get worried when the clawed landscapers stole two cases of dynamite? Oh no! They might blow up a large boulder or two! The monsters ate half the atoll already, without the explosives, using dynamite would probably slow them down.

We are informed these were land crabs, and I'm hardly an expert, but all the crustaceans would appear to possibly be Dungeness Crabs. Considering the movie was probably shot along the California coast you have to agree it is a plausible hypothesis. Plus the monsters are always accompanied by strange clacking sounds which I suppose is their limbs and joints. Personally it reminds me of an evening at Red Lobster, listening to a fat guy two tables over attack his dinner with cracker and mallet. You sir, are a truly disgusting human being.

With the island reduced to a small rock outcropping and the last crab monster closing in all seems lost, until Hank climbs the antenna and brings it down on the advancing horror in a shower of sparks. Where the device was still drawing power from is beyond me, but my brain clicked over to "standby" during the opening credits anyway.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Few things get more mileage than stock footage of cold war nuclear tests.
  • God is available for voice-overs.
  • The wild ocean looks just like an overstocked aquarium.
  • Newly formed sinkholes should not have shrubs growing out of their sides.
  • Marines have one natural predator: land crabs.
  • When demolition experts play poker they use sticks of dynamite instead of money or chips.
  • Crabs are mimics and ventriloquists.
  • Oil flows uphill. (This is the only explanation possible, they walk downhill looking for the source.)

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • Opening Credits - "Roger Corman." That should explain anything you see in the next ninety minutes.
  • 5 mins - Maybe setting the nuclear bomb off near an inhabited area was a bad idea. Hope you people can swim.
  • 7 mins - Very deep water and just six feet from shore.
  • 8 mins - Don't throw grenades at the sea turtles! They are on the edge of extinction and this rocket scientist wants to chuck grenades at them.
  • 16 mins - Actually he did say "Earthworm."
  • 22 mins - Martha and Dale are perfectly dry, despite just emerging from the water.
  • 31 mins - These scientists, some of which are kind of chubby, plan to climb that rope huh?
  • 58 mins - Why does it matter where the oil is coming from?
  • 63 mins - "One Million BC" earthquake anyone?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note crabmonsters1.wav Martha: "Jim, you don't know what's down there!"
James: "What could be other than earth, water, and a few land crabs?"
Green Music Note crabmonsters2.wav Karl: "We are unquestionably on the brink of a great discovery. It is not likely that that discovery will be of a pleasant nature."
Green Music Note crabmonsters3.wav Dale: "That means that the crab can eat his victim's brain, absorbing his mind intact and working."
Karl: "It's as good theory as any other to explain what's happened."
Green Music Note crabmonsters4.wav Crab Monster: "So you have wounded me! I must grow a new claw, well and good, for I can do it in a day, but will you grow new lives when I have taken yours from you?"

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Hank the hero, well almost.

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Attack of the Crab Monsters
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by invid
Man, if I saw crab monsters that look that retarded, I think I'd have to eat my own grenades.
Attack of the Crab Monsters
Reply #18. Posted on June 15, 2004, 09:29:07 PM by night heron
I never saw it but i can remember a realy bad movie ISLAND CLAWS involving giant crabs eating people all they showed was a sceine with a giant crab grabbing someone and the its got what appears to be a tiny little dummy and moves it towards its mouth well you say crustations?
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Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Bert
I can't believe how many comments this movie got. I thought I was the only one that remembered it. It does stink as far as today's standards go but it sure in hell impressed me when I saw it at the drive-in.
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Reply #20. Posted on July 11, 2004, 10:23:30 AM by Becky
In my alter ego as CRAB MAN, I quite enjoyed this movie (except for the sad ending). And CRAB MAN did NOT appreciate the excessive and gratuitous crab violence.
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Reply #21. Posted on August 01, 2004, 12:58:58 PM by firebird
Kind of reminds me of the giant crab in the movie MYSTERIOU ISLAND which they then dump into a volcanic crater and before you can say SHAZAM theres crab chowder for everyone
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Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by arapaho48
This is one of my all-time favorites from the Fifties.  I'm old enough to have seen it in the movie theater when it was originally released, and I've watched it dozens of times since -- but I have yet to see any human feet appearing under the crab apparatus, and I've studied each scene carefully.  Somebody help me out?  Give me some kind of reference point where the white sneakers apparently appear?  My impression is that Corman always framed the shots carefully, with something in the foreground masking the very bottom of the crab as it's moving, and yet so many people comment on the feet being visible... Thanks.
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Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Lou
Watched this movie when I was a kid (Around 1964 ) When KIRO in seattle use to have a movie on saturday call SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES, where I saw alot of clasic BIG BUG movies, couldn't wait to watch it back then, still watch it when I can.
Attack of the Crab Monsters
Reply #24. Posted on June 06, 2005, 07:58:30 PM by giant claw
I saw a movie called ISLAND CLAWS i was about giant crags but it looked more like a ordanary sized crab against a small back ground it would grag a hapless victim and chow down kind of awful but they are always trying to do better just look at DINO DeLARINTISES idiotic remake of the classic KING KONG
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