Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Queen Crab (Wild Eye Releasing DVD)

Giant monsters are in. This goes well beyond your beloved Kaiju, and lately has been the focus of more SyFy original programs than any in that channel’s history. While Queen Crab is not a SyFy original, it certainly does share attributes with those movies. Sure the plot is only a vehicle to display a giant, animated monster. The acting is underwhelming. It has some interesting haircuts, but where it differs is the most important part.

Queen Crab has one of the most fun giant crabs I’ve seen in years, looking like something that could easily fit in the 60’s or even a TV program in the 80’s This make for some light humor and fun attack sequences. That’s not to say that it is realistic. It certainly isn’t, but that’s part of its charm. The let down? It doesn’t get nearly enough screen time. Look, we know that it’s going to be giant crab. It looks awesome. Don’t conceal it like you’re trying to build suspense. Show it off. That’s why the audience bought the movie.

There’s an audience for this and I would advocate for this picture over most of the SyFy originals solely based on the excellent creature concept and look. It’s a crab. It looks like a giant crab. It grabs people and cars and when it does so the whole scene goes into a Claymation style rending creating a fun viewing experience.

Queen Crab is available from Wild Eye Releasing, a strong label giving indie filmmakers a chance to get their film’s out there. Make sure to support the release with your dollars and spread the word. It may not be the next big scare, but it has something big inside (no that was not a sexual innuendo).

From Wild Eye:

A meteor crashes into a quiet lake in the remote countryside, awakening a centuries-old beast. She emerges from the deep and tears through a nearby town and its inhabitants. The humans must fight for their lives and stop thisQueen Crab before she can hatch an army of babies that will overrun the entire world.

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