The Giant Claw (1957)
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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.
Audience Reviews for The Giant Claw
Another creature feature from the 50's. This time a giant prehistoric looking bird from another planet decides to use Earth as its nest, destroying anything in its path along the way. Using the smarts of an electrical engineer and a stunning mathematician, the planet may have a chance to survive. Hokey and mildly entertaining with the goofiest-looking bird I've seen. Almost a decent movie.
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.
This movie is amazing... It's like like Plan Nine...only with Bird Bird on PCP