director Fred F. Sears
The b-side of the Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) Sam Katzman “Icons of Horror Collection,” The Giant Claw is something completely different.
Notorious as featuring the worst monster design ever (and certainly silly enough to be in the running for such a title), The Giant Claw is sort of an American Rodan (1956), if you will. It’s a giant flying monster anyways, right from that self-same era. While the Japanese kaiju horror films had their strengths and weaknesses, the monster from The Giant Claw, a big buzzard with teeth and a mohawk of sorts, is a bird of another feather. (see below)
The funny thing about The Giant Claw is that it is a pretty silly B-movie. The “science” that describes from whence the monster came and how it is invulnerable and ultimately how the world comes to destroy it is all right out of high camp 1950’s.
But I loved it. This is totally one of those amazingly endearing works of junk art that transcend all everything.
And the monster: okay, it’s funny-looking. But you know, for a puppet, it has a range of movement and expression (It breathes!) And once it makes its initial appearance not simply as a big flashing blur, it gets a lot of screentime. I really can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this.
All, I want to say is that here is your Thanksgiving monster movie turkey dinner.