“Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!”
In the bad movie universe of the 1950s, Earth was besieged by a ridiculous array of super-sized insects, colossal calamari and angry 50 ft. women, but none of these threats were as hilariously and unforgettably awful as the gargantuan turkey (in every sense of the word) known only as The Giant Claw!
When square-jawed electronics engineer Mitch MacAfee (Jeff Morrow) spots a UFO as “big as a battleship” from his plane, the Air Force scrambles to investigate. However, nothing shows up on radar, and one of the jets is lost during the action. MacAfee is regarded as a dangerous crackpot until other incidents and disappearances convince the authorities that the threat is real. Some believe it is a French-Canadian folk legend come to life, but of course it turns out to be a giant extraterrestrial bird composed of anti-matter whose disregard for human life and expensive architecture threatens the entire world! Will Mitch and his spunky gal pal Sally (played by Mara Corday, who probably had her fill of fighting giant monsters after starring in such classics as Tarantula and The Black Scorpion), be able to fry this freaky fowl before it flattens the planet?
Bad on pretty much every conceivable level, where The Giant Claw really excels is in the presentation of its monster du jour, a beast so ludicrous it’s impossible to imagine audiences in the ’50s taking it seriously for even a nano second. Looking like a very cheap muppet that’s just been bonked on the noggin, this titanic turd bird is quite a sight: its turkey torso supporting an accordion-like neck atop which is perched a bizarre face comprised of large rolling ping pong ball eyes, flaring nostrils , a fanged mouth, wiry whiskers, and last but not least, what looks like a lock of human hair glued to the top of its lumpy head. Gliding ever-so-ungracefully through the air suspended by ever-so-visible wires while it squawks and roars like a constipated sumo wrestler, this is one rampaging beastie that truly seems like it could destroy the world … if it’s possible for the world to die from uncontrollable laughter. One of the all-time great “guilty pleasures” of ’50s sci fi flicks.