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Crustacean: Unrated Director's Cut

Replication of first 1,000 DVDs


2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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(Apr 09, 2010)
Replication of first 1,000 DVDs

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DESCRIPTION: A lobster-clawed freak from a lurid sideshow wreaks a wrath of bloody horror - through a rural community so small that only two families live there - in this outrageous parody of grindhouse sci-fi/horror films from the '50s through the '80s. You've heard of The Elephant Man? Meet Lobster Baby. It's a dumb-and-dumber comedy for the thinking person, with a completely unique plot that occasionally references classic movies - without recreating whole scenes from them like the Scary and Epic movies. At all times, the filmmakers have not held back on professionally staged, over-the-top gore sequences, colorful profanity, and occasional gratuitous nudity. Crustacean is definitely NOT a sex movie - but it is a sexy movie, and also satirizes American pop culture, including TV shows and ads - as well as the music on the radio.


Crustacean is a horror-comedy in the colourfully weird Circus Freak subgenre a heritage that includes films that range from the heights of the horror classic Freaks (US-1932; dir. Tod Browning) and the excellent The Elephant Man (US-1980; dir. David Lynch) through the flawed but interesting Nightbreed (US-1990; dir. Clive Barker) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (US-1983; dir. Jack Clayton) to schlock masterpieces such as Frank Henenlotter s Basket Case trilogy (US-1980s), Freaked (US-1993; dir. Tom Stern and Alex Winter) and Hideous! (US-1997; dir. Charles Band). Truth to tell, Crustacean lines up pretty much on the Troma/Full Moon ultra-schlock side of cinema production, sporting cartoonish gore, sick visual humour, even-sicker jokes, an absurd plot, low-budget histrionics and a mockingly celebratory horror-genre self-awareness. Nothing here is meant to be taken too seriously. Lobster-Baby (Zenius Muleckis) is the main attraction in the Travelling Carnival of Freaks owned by Professor Nightwind (Peter Atkins). While the Carnival is visiting a small US town (in fact, populated by only two families one even more inbred than the other), Lobster-Baby escapes from his cage bloodily, of course after being mocked by one of the inbred locals. He sets out on a rampage of limb-severing and head-removal, while searching for the gal who took his fancy. Thus begins a tale of Shakespearean complexity involving death, mutilation, love, familial revelations, twins and lots else besides. This is not big-budget Hollywood schlock. It's low-budget Independent schlock. Luckily whatever Crustacean might lack in contemporary rapid-fire editing, eye-exploding SFX and megastar credentials, it makes up for with a wicked sense of humour, low-budget enthusiasm, genre savvy and all that's needed for a film to become a Z-movie cult favourite. (Partial) --Robert Hood: Undead Backbrain

It doesn't take long to realize that you're having a wonderful time watching this hilarious parody. L.J. Dopp manages to combine both classic horror & shock as well as more modern splatter films and send them all right on up and over the top, to tumultuous applause from this reviewer. Unlike most horror films today, this one has an amusing and intelligent soundtrack that augments the film perfectly. Bravo. --Jessie Lilley; Mondo Cult Magazine

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Product details

  • Actors: Hannah Harper, Peter Atkins, Elissa Dowling, Angela Berliner, Bryant Dillon
  • Directors: L.J. Dopp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Irena Belle Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003EU4BAS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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