One of the most eagerly anticipated independently produced genre releases of 2015 has been given a post-Labor Day street date by Wild Eye Releasing. This baby will be playing in the major leagues — right there with the Hollywood studios and their big CGI infused summer hits that will dominate the retail landscape after the end-of-summer Labor Day weekend.
So here we go, Sept. 29 will be the DVD debut date for writer/director Brett Piper’s “old school” sci-fi gem, Queen Crab! With affectionate nods to Roger Corman (1957, Attack of the Crab Monsters) and stop-motion pioneers Willis O’Brien (1933, King Kong) and Ray Harryhausen (20 Million Miles to Earth, It Came From Beneath The Sea, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and many more) comes this old school stop-motion cinematic treat.
The script is ripped from the pages of the golden era of sci-fi films — the late 1950s and early 1960s — and “old school” filming techniques (three painstaking years in the making) have been employed to serve up this delicious tale (we are talking about crabs you know) of a giant crab that rises from murky waters to go on a rampage of destruction and human carnage. There could be a new king of the food chain if this scurrying beast can’t be stopped before her offspring are hatched and they overwhelm the local population (filmed on location in and around Ansonia in rural north-central Pennsylvania).
Queen Crab is very cool and a thrill to watch at what can be accomplished with stop-motion on a limited budget. Bonus features include commentary from filmmaker Brett Piper (They Bite, Screaming Dead, Arachnia, etc.), a blooper reel and a pair of featurettes — “Behind the Scenes” and “Special Effects” — and a sneak peak at Piper’s next film project, Triclops.