Revisiting this classic for the Halloween season is always a treat. A small group of scientists arrive on a small island to search for another party that seems to have vanished without a trace.
This movie has a very short running time of 62 minutes, but there is more action in this time than in most modern overblown epics. Richard Garland and Pamela Duncan are two of the scientists who are investigating the disappearances as well as why the island is shrinking. Both handle their parts well and Duncan is always a pleasure to see.
The monstrous crabs on the island begin stalking and eating these newcomers. The crabs eat a human and then assimilate their brains so they can then communicate with the survivors. In the end it comes down to three people vs. one very hungry crab monster.
Russell Johnson is the unlikely hero of the film and the rest of the cast includes Leslie Bradley, Mel Wells, Beech Dickerson, Ed Nelson, Richard Cutting and screenwriter Charles B. Griffith.
The print from Shout is in excellent shape and you owe it to yourself to watch this fun monster flick on Halloween. It's perfect for the season.