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As a kid, Melissa (Liberty Asbury) found a crab who became her best
friend, and she fed it with fruit her mad scientist dad (Mark Polonia) had
treated with a growth serum in his lab - but the lab blew up eventually,
and dad with it ...
Now, Melissa (played as an adult by Michelle Simone
Miller) defends the land her parents have left her - which also includes a
pond - with guns against any kind of intruder, especially a slightly not
so smart deputy (Rich Lounello). And she has good reason for it, since the
pond on her land is the home of her best friend PeeWee, who just happens
to be a giant crab. Of course, nobody but Melissa knows about PeeWee - but
of late, PeeWee has gotten out of her hiding in Melissa's pond and killed
some lifestock ... and that's not too surprising, as PeeWee's presently
laying some eggs, which results in a few quite hungry and quite dangerous
(not so) little crabs who attack people for food, while people kill them
for sport. Eventually, the humans, led by the local sheriff (Kevin Van
Sant) find out about PeeWee and arrive in tanks and ultimately fighter
jets to kill the crab - which would break Melissa's heart, but she has got
a biologist (A.J. DeLucia) and her best friend, a B movie heroine (Kathryn
Metz) on her side to save her giant crustacean friend. But will this be
Whoever likes 1950s drive-in giant monster movies will
probably love Queen Crab, as it's basically a loving hommage to
these movies of old - but an hommage that doesn't boast with how clever it
is or be in-your-face self-ironic, but one that celebrates what was good
about these movies of old: Their slightly simplistic storylines that don't
necessarily let realism stand in the way of a good plot, their emphasis on
spectacle, and their supreme escapist qualities - and that's not to say Queen
Crab isn't tongue-in-cheek and self-aware, as it is both, and it's by
no means just a dumbed down piece of nostalgia, but great present day
entertainment that is just reminiscent of these movies of old - also
thanks to the wonderful practical effects used!
In all, a piece of genre
entertainment perfectly made to just lean back and enjoy!