Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

black and white, 1.37:1 (original ratio); 1.78:1
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

An American science fiction film directed by Roger Corman.

Plot Summary

A group of on a remote Pacific island discover that has transformed into .


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roger Corman
© MCMLVII [1957] by Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Allied Artists Pictures Corporation presents; Los Altos, Inc. *
Produced by: Roger Corman
Associate Producer: Charles B. Griffith
Screenplay by: Charles Griffith
Photographer: Floyd Crosby
Film Editor: Charles Gross Jr
Music by: Ronald Stein
Sound: Bob Post *
Ryder Sound
Make-up: Curly Batson
Underwater Locations: Marineland of the Pacific

Richard Garland (Dale Drewer)
Pamela Duncan (Martha Hunter)
Russell Johnson (Hank Chapman)
Leslie Bradley (Dr Karl Weigand)
Mel Welles (Jules Deveroux)
Richard Cutting (Dr James Carson)
Beech Dickerson (Ron Fellows)
Tony Miller (Jack Summers)
Ed Nelson (Ensign Quinlan[/crab monster])
Maitland Stuart
Charles B. Griffith (Tate, dying seaman)
Robin Riley
Doug Roberts

Alternative Titles

L'assalto dei granchi gigantic – Italy
Atak potwornych krabów
– Poland
El ataque de los cangrejos gigantes
– Spain, Venezuela
Ataque de los monstruos
– Mexico
O Ataque dos Caranguejos Gigantes
– Portugal
L'Attaque des crabes géants
– France
A rákszörnyek támadása
– Hungary

Extracts included in
Cheezy Fantasy Trailers (2006)
Chopping Mall (1986)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four (2015)
First Works (1989)
The Making of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Monsterama Sci-Fi Late Night Creature Feature Show Vol. 1 (1996)
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)
Quake (1993)
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)
Slaughter Studios (2002)



  • Delirium no.25 (2020) p.10 – short review (Corman's greatest creatures by Chris Alexander)
  • Scary Monsters no.1 (October 1991) pp.4-5 – illustrated article (Attack of the Crab Monsters)


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.31 – credits
  • The Illustrated Dinosaur Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.45 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.20 – credits
  • Roger Corman: The Best of the Cheap Acts by Mark Thomas McGee pp.91-94 – notes