Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
Pamela Duncan: Martha Hunter
Dr. Karl Weigand : Any matter, therefore, that the crab eats will be assimilated in its body as solid energy, becoming part of the crab.
Martha Hunter : Like the bodies of the dead men?
Dr. Karl Weigand : Yes - and their brain tissue, which, after all, is nothing more than a storage house for electrical impulses.
Dale Drewer : That means that the crab can eat his victim's brain, absorbing his mind intact and working.
Dr. Karl Weigand : It's as good a theory as any other to explain what's happened.
Martha Hunter : But, Doctor, that theory doesn't explain why Jules' and Carson's minds have turned against us.
Dale Drewer : Preservation of the species. Once they were men; now they are land crabs.
Dr. Karl Weigand : [reading McLane's journal aloud] "Friday, March 12: This afternoon Professor Carter found a large piece of flesh having the same composition as that of the common earthworm, but measured twenty-four inches by eight. With this section as a measure, the worm-like creature would be more than five feet in length. Most intriguing is the tissue's consistency: it proved impossible to cut - knives passing through the flesh leaving no mark. Fire was applied to the tissue and the corollary result..." The journal ends there.
Dale Drewer : Well, it's getting very late. Why don't we work out tomorrow's schedule and then get some sleep?
Hank Chapman : But what about that five-foot nightcrawler? Well, excuse me for being so stupid... me and that book you're reading.
Dale Drewer : We weren't laughing at you, Hank. It's just that McLane didn't really mean to imply that the flesh was from a big worm. He said, "From a worm-like creature."
Martha Hunter : You know it might have been a sea worm. They've been know to grow much longer than five feet.
Hank Chapman : Well, excuse me for shooting my mouth off, but the journal didn't say anything about the sea - just talked about worms.
Martha Hunter : Jim! But, wh...
Dr. James Carson : So you heard it, too.
Martha Hunter : Yes, it was Oliver McLane's voice.
Dr. James Carson : He called me as plain as day.
Martha Hunter : Strange... because I only heard him call my name.
Dr. James Carson : How could the Navy search this whole island and miss a survivor?
Martha Hunter : If he is a survivor.
Dr. James Carson : What does that mean? You heard him as well as I.
Martha Hunter : Someone could have been imitating his voice.
Dr. James Carson : But who would do that?
Martha Hunter : I don't know, but I do know that McLane's dead!
Martha Hunter : I suppose you can tell us what tore up this room last night.
Dr. Karl Weigand : No, I can not tell you that... but I can tell you this. Everything that has happened from the death of the first sailor to the destruction of our radio must be somehow related. They are too far from the normal scheme of things to be separate accidents.
Dale Drewer : If there is a single cause, then that cause is outside of nature as we know it.
Martha Hunter : Looks like we're on the verge of a blessed event.
Dr. Karl Weigand : What's that? What's that?
Martha Hunter : Or is this the one you killed?
Dr. Karl Weigand : No, it is still alive! We did not kill it.
Martha Hunter : Notice the belt of yellow fat around the base of the shell. It would indicate that she's in a very delicate condition. Pretty close, too. I for one should not like to be around to hear the patter of so many tiny feet.
Martha Hunter : Doctor, you're not going to suggest that we save it for science? That would be suicide!
Dr. Karl Weigand : No, thank you, Martha. I have no ambition toward becoming a mad scientist, but I do think we ought to try and capture the thing. Would you not like to examine a live specimen?
Martha Hunter : Certainly I would, but I had a chance to see how the "specimen" examined the lab wall last night.
[Hank tries to contact the U.S. Navy using a jury-rigged wireless telegraph set]
Dale Drewer : You getting through, Hank?
Hank Chapman : How should I know? I'm not on the other end of this thing!
Martha Hunter : Oh, Hank, you must get through.
Hank Chapman : I know it. It's gone dead
The Crab : [laughing, with Karl's voice] I'm afraid that won't help you, Hank. By the time ships and planes can arrive, this island will have vanished beneath the waves of the sea.
The Crab : [with Jules' voice] But you will not drown. You will be a part of me.
The Crab : [with Karl's voice again] And as with McLane, there will be no evidence of how you vanished, or of my existence. We will rest in the caves and plan our assault upon the world of men!