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Attack of the Crab Monsters Overview:

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) was a Horror - Science Fiction Film directed by Roger Corman and produced by Roger Corman and Charles B. Griffith.

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Classics of the Corn: Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

By Lindsey on Aug 24, 2013 From The Motion Pictures

(Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP) A group of scientists have traveled to an island in the middle of nowhere, where they hope to study the effects of nuclear testing on the environment. But when they have some airplane trouble, they’re stranded on the island. Things only seem to get worse fro... Read full article


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[Weigand is reading McLane's journal]
Dr. Karl Weigand: "Friday, March 12: This afternoon Professor Carter found a large piece of flesh having the same composition as the common earthworm, but measured 24 inches by eight. With this section as a measure, the worm-like creature would be more than five feet in length. Most intriguing is the tissue's consistency: it proved impossible to cut - knives passing through the flesh leaving no mark. Fire was applied to the tissue and the result..." The journal ends there.
Dale Drewer: It's getting very late. Let's work out a schedule for tomorrow and get some sleep.
Hank Chapman: But what about that five-foot nightcrawler? Well, excuse me for being so stupid... me and that book you're reading.
Dale Drewer: We weren't laughing at you, Hank. It's just McLane didn't mean to imply that the flesh was from a big worm. He said, "From a worm-like creature."
Martha Hunter: You know it might have been a sea worm. They've been know to grow much longer than five feet.
Hank Chapman: Well, excuse me for shooting my mouth off, but the journal didn't say anything about the sea - just talked about worms.


[Hank tries to contract the U.S. Navy using a jury-rigged wireless telegraph set]
Dale Drewer: Are you getting through, Hank?
Hank Chapman: How should I know? I'm not on the other end of this thing!


Hank Chapman: Well, you remember that first big H-bomb test - the one that blew Elugelab Island right out of the ocean?
Seaman Ron Fellows: Well, who'd forget that?
Hank Chapman: A tremendous amount of the radioactive fallout came this way. A great seething, burning cloud of it sank into this area, blanketing the island with hot ashes and seawater. Dr. Weigand's group is here to study fallout effects at their worst. Dr. James Carson is a geologist. He'll try to learn what's happening to the soil. The botanist, Jules Deveroux, will examine all the plant life for radiation poisoning. Martha Hunter and Dale Brewer are biologists. He works on land animalism while she takes care of the seafood. Dr. Karl Weigand is a nuclear physicist. He'll collect their findings and relate them to the present theories on the effects of too-much radiation.


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Facts about

Ed Nelson "played" the crab monster with Beach Dickerson operating the monster's claws.
A scene involving two pilots was shot, but cut from the final finished film.
Russell Johnson broke his toe while splashing around in the water during one scene. Due to the low budget of the film, director Roger Corman had a stage tech tape up Johnson's toe and immediately ordered him back in the water to finish the scene.
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