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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
QUEEN CRAB Echoes the Guy N. Smith CRAB Novels, with a Dose of Motherly Love... A Stop-Motion Animation Gem!
By Stephen R. Bissette
As a long-time reader of Guy N. Smith's CRAB novels (look 'em up!) and a lifelong devotee of stop-motion animated monster movies, I had a lot of fun with QUEEN CRAB! Brett Piper has been steadily making his own stop-motion animation/live-action sf/horror/fantasy movies since MYSTERIOUS PLANET back in the early 1980s, and I'm as much a fan of Piper's films as I am of anyone's, and QUEEN CRAB is one of Piper's best recent works. His means are meager—no major studio has ever or will ever grant Piper the funding necessary to up his game to the standards of mainstream movie-goers—but his heart is forever in the right place, and his stop-motion skills are right up there with Phil Tippett and their mentor, Ray Harryhausen. QUEEN CRAB tells the tale of a young woman and her devotion to a crustacean that has a soft spot in its shell for her, too; this is a slice of American grass-roots filmmaking that I for one savor. Entertaining, enjoyable, and terrific fun; check any expectations and just go for the ride.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Decent CGI....but that's it
By James C Girasa
I watched this movie with an open mind and understanding that it is low budget and not meant to be taken too seriously. Even so, there are quite a few problems.
The story is simple enough. It's about a young girl, who doesn't exactly love her parents, who ends up being orphaned after her scientist father accidentally blows up the house. A crab ends up growing to be a monster and the girl develops a psychic bond with the crab that lives in a pond by her house. The sheriff supposedly raises the orphaned girl. The girl seems to be able to do anything she wants, including shooting the deputy in the butt and suffers no consequences. This was probably an attempt at humor but it doesn't quite come across that way. The girl seems like a spoiled brat (she is living off her inheritance) and is a man hater so she comes across as a very unsympathetic heroine.
The CGI was pretty good for a movie of this budget. I have no complaints about special effects with the possible exception of the ending. BTW..I don't want to give away the ending but they sort of botched it at least as far as the plan goes.
Supposedly this movie was paying homage to old sci-fi flims of the 50's (which I'm a big fan of), Tarantula comes to mind, but if so, it fails in that regard.
The acting is very poor. I'm not sure if they are working for next to nothing or nothing at all but they must be. From watching the trailers that are in the extra's I notice the same actor's and they are not very good. Not the worst that I've seen but I don't know why you would keep hiring the same actors that really aren't adding anything to the picture.
Sometimes you take bad acting in order to add some eye candy but this is definitely not the case here. It's especially surprising to see that the producers couldn't even come up with a girl who would take their clothes off. I'd understand if they had a star who had some selling power but they have an unknown playing the part. In a day and age where there must be a million girls who would gladly remove their clothes for a starring role in just about any movie, they have a girl wearing a nude body suit. Of course it's possible they wanted to go with no nudity. But why would you go that route in a monster movie that is not rated? And why was she ripping off her clothes to dance naked around the pond anyway?
You'd think they would probably want to save some of the crab eggs or even preserve the Giant Crab for scientific reasons...but then again...they never did that in the movies in the 50's either.
Perhaps some of my questions will be answered in the sequel!
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DIDN'T LIKE IT
By Elwanda Rigsby
I'm a life long SiFi and monster freak not to many I haven't watched. I bought this movie thinking
it was gonna be a really good monster movie BOY was I wrong. It started out good but died after
45 min. into the movie you can tell it was all computer special effects.
I watch a movie on YouTube called Island Claws made in the 60's about a giant crab and it is 10 times better than this
I just wish I could have watched it before I bought it. I don't intend to ruein this movie from other people who have
watched or want to watch this movie I'm ONLY saying how I myself feel about it.