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The Giant Claw (1957)

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Release Date: Jun 1, 1957 Wide

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Scientist Mitch McAfee (Jeff Morrow) cannot convince anyone that an enormous bird, evidently here from outer space, has arrived on Earth and is grabbing planes from the sky, gobbling up the passengers and crew. However, the bird (The Claw) eventually makes its presence more that adequately known, as it begins to attack people more openly. But the giant bird is surrounded by a kind of force field, making all weapons useless on it. Mitch finds its nest and blows holes in its colossal egg,

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The truth, though, is that it's entirely due to this plucked buzzard-from-hell puppet that anyone remembers the movie today.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Entertaining bad film.

September 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Slow-moving, talky, and ultimately dull...

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Giant Claw

Have you ever heard of a movie that's so bad that it's good? Well, this is one of them. Jeff Morrow stars in this crazy movie about a giant mutant bird from outer-space protected by a force field and it's terrorizing Earth. The film is one of many invader movies released in the 50's and it's obviously the most ridiculous in my opinion. It does have cheesy dialogue, questionable acting and a goofy concept, but it's notorious for the design of the giant bird. Take one look at it and you'll be laughing your ass off. It looks like the love child of Gonzo from the Muppets and Beaky Buzzard. I doubt if people actually were scared of it when it first came out. The design is just flat out ridiculous. Look it up on Google images or Youtube, you have to see what the bird looks like. It's a puppet held up by strings which was a basic move for the time and I actually like that. The fact that a model of this thing exists and it's not an image created by a computer is pretty awesome. You can criticize the movie all you want, but it's a movie that can't be missed. Copies of the movie are hard to find, but I got lucky and found one on Amazon...for $110.00. I could've used that money for something more important, but no, I bought a campy monster movie...and it was worth it.
May 8, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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This movie is amazing... It's like like Plan Nine...only with Bird Bird on PCP
August 20, 2011
kenstachnik

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completely ridiculous! and very entertaining! the monster looks like gonzo from the muppets
October 26, 2009
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    1. Sally Caldwell: Oh, come off it, Mitch, you've done enough harm with your flying Battleship...
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
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