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ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS (1957) – Episode 104 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“So you have wounded me. I must grow a new claw. Well, good, for I could do it in a day, but will you grow new legs when I have taken yours from you?” Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr – as they try to figure out the science of the brain-assimilating, telepathic, voice-transmitting giant crabs in Roger Corman’s Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 104 – Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

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Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.


Attack of the Crab Monsters is Chad’s pick and according to him, there is a lot going on for a movie that is so bad and so corny. In the end, it’s a monster B-movie from Roger Corman with a lot of cool concepts for a giant crab film. Daphne has a lot of fun watching Attack of the Crab Monsters. She loved the strange dialogue and seeing the professor (Russell Johnson) from Gilligan’s Island. Joseph’s mind is blown by how much they tried to shove into a one-hour film, but still, Attack of the Crab Monsters seemed long. Agreeing that the movie is really bad and the crabs are really bad, Jeff still loves Attack of the Crab Monsters. You have to love Russell Johnson trapped on an island and trying to fix the radio long before he takes that fateful three-hour tour.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule, chosen by Daphne, is Hammer’s Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) featuring Christopher Lee.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.