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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Movie Break: Attack of the Crab Monsters

I finally saw a bizarre, Roger Corman picture that's been haunting me since I read about it years ago (likely in Bill Warren's Keep Watching the Skies--the essential reference book on 40s-60s sf film).

The plot summary--giant irradiated crabs absorb the brains of people they eat then use their voices to trick people into the giant crab den--really stuck with me. Apparently the fish as brain food thing works both ways.

Usually when I track down little obsessions like this, they disappoint, but this film was actually more bizarre than I could have hoped.

Okay brain-stealing giant nuclear crabs: weird.

Nihilistic crabs who systematically demolish an island so their prey has nowhere to run: scary.

Mercury-like, heat-radiating crabs who can't be killed because solid objects pass right through them: total "wtf?" Dada nightmare.

The set-up and scientist protags are likeably generic, but most of this (short) film is devoted to info-dumping the bizarre gumbo of monster ideas.

Here's the netflix link: Attack of the Crab Monsters

The transfer is fairly crap and looks like it was taken from a public domain VHS, but it doesn't matter. You will be absorbed.

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