There are a ton of independent creature features that get released all the time. The love and passion for these films often make them fun in their own right, but sadly more often than not they fall short. The latest, Queen Crab hopes to bring a nostalgic look back to horror with stop motion animation, but does it succeed in its goal or will it make you wish it never crawled out of the water?
Queen Crab follows a centuries old beast that is awoken in a remote countryside after a meteor crashes into the lake. Now the humans must fight for their lives and stop this creature before she can hatch an army of babies that will overrun the world. To say this movie is bad is an understatement. First let’s make it understood this is clearly and extremely low budget film so it gets some pass, but not completely. The idea here is ridiculous and could have been brilliant had it been handled right. The first big issue is the acting across the board. There is not a single redeeming performance here and whether it was the intention of the filmmakers or not it makes the film really hard to sit through. The pacing and decisions of the characters make little to no sense most of the time and in turn just irritates you as you struggle to stay with it. The saving grace could have been the stop motion animation of the crab had they nailed it just right, but it only partially works. Sure they are going for that old style and that is awesome and when it works is really fun, but more often than not it just doesn’t work. Not because it looks fake as that is kind of the point, but just because it looks bad. When it works the film is a lot of fun, but sadly that is just too few and far between.
This is one of those films that is a great idea, but just fails to deliver what it had set out to do. Given a bigger budget it would no doubt end up being a lot of fun, but there are fans of these cheesy monster flicks that may still find the fun in it all so decide for yourself. In addition to the film this release also includes a blooper reel, trailers, commentary, featurettes and a sneak peek at “Triclops.”