This movie actually has a rather interesting premise. Giant, telepathic crabs that absorb the inner person of their victims.
Now that has just GOT to be original!
But about a third of the way into this movie, I found myself rooting for the giant, killer crabs to win...
The kindly Professor from Gilligan's Island here was a raspy, unlikable tough guy. The telepathic crab-brain voices were on the hokey side. The heavily over-used camera angle looking up the rocky side of a hill, yet calling it "the pit!" And the way the island was inexplicably getting smaller and smaller. (I think they did explain that last one, but I didn't catch it. Somehow the crabs were doing it, those rotten telepathic, giant crabs!!)
I thought the end of this movie was the best part. We finally get a good look at one of the giant crabs, and not just an arm telescoping into the field of view. And the cranky Professor finally redeems himself.
The giant crabs actually looked cool, so I'm adding a half star for that. Slick theater poster art, too. Real slick!
I was thinking that this film was OK to watch once, and that's about it. But now I want to go back and see why the island was shrinking. Oh, and I also subsequently bought a DVD set to get Corman's "War of the Satellites" (which I recommend), and this movie is also in that set. I have a feeling this film may grow on me a little when I do watch it again. Maybe I got too close to one of the giant crabs on my first viewing, and it absorbed a chunk of my mind. 🤔
2.5 STARS. Subject to change!