The Giant Claw

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"Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!"
  • Approved
  • 1957
  • 1 hr 15 min
  • 4.6  (4,312)

The giant Claw is a classic monster film that tells the story of a massive bird that terrorizes New York City. The movie was released in 1957 and directed by Fred F. Sears, starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, and Morris Ankrum. The film opens with a sequence showing an American Air Force plane cruising over the Arctic region. The plane's radar operator, Mitch MacAfee, picks up a strange signal but dismisses it as a malfunction. However, when the plane experiences severe turbulence, Mitch takes the signal seriously and turns on the plane's camera to record the phenomenon. To his surprise, he captures footage of a huge bird with a wing-span of at least three hundred feet.

Scientists in New York City are baffled by the footage, and they believe the bird is a prehistoric creature that is unique to the world. While Mitch attempts to track the bird's movements, the bird begins attacking planes and cities, leaving destruction everywhere it goes.

With New York City under siege, Mitch teams up with a beautiful mathematician, Sally Caldwell, to help find a way to destroy the bird. Meanwhile, the bizarre creature continues to rip through the countryside, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

One of the most endearing qualities of the movie is its use of practical special effects. For instance, the giant bird was created through the use of a puppeteer and stop-motion animation, which, while dated by today's standards, still manage to capture the imagination of viewers.

The characters are another aspect of the movie that make it memorable. Jeff Morrow brings a sense of earnestness and dedication to his role as Mitch, while Mara Corday is charming and mysterious as Sally. Morris Ankrum plays General Considine with conviction and authority, bringing a touch of gravitas to the absurdity of the situation.

The Giant Claw is a movie that never takes itself too seriously, and it is all the better for it. The film revels in its campy dialogue and over-the-top sequences, making it a fun watch for anyone who loves classic monster movies.

The movie also touches on themes that are relevant today, such as the dangers of depleting the Earth's resources, particularly the dangers of nuclear power. The giant bird is a product of atomic energy, and the movie seems to warn against the consequences of messing with nature.

In conclusion, The Giant Claw is a classic monster movie that strikes the right balance between horror and comedy. Its use of practical effects, charming characters, and relevant themes make it a fun watch that stands the test of time. Fans of classic monster movies should definitely give it a watch.

The Giant Claw is a 1957 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 15 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.6.

The Giant Claw
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    1 hr 15 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    4.6  (4,312)