Top 20 Craziest Kaiju: Number 19

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The Big Bird


from The Giant Claw (US-1957; dir. Fred F. Sears)

Giant Claw poster

“Something, he didn’t know what, but something as big as a Battleship has just flown over and past him.”

This is definitely one of the silliest kaijus to ever appear on the big screen. Planes begin disappearing left and right with reports of some sort of UFO, but nothing shows up on any radar screens, much to everyone’s bemusement. Soon it is discovered that a bird the size of a battleship from outer space has decided that the earth would be the perfect planet to build its nest. Apparently the creature is able to generate some sort of impenetrable forcefield around itself that makes it invisible to radar. The “Big Bird” looks like a cross between a giant vulture and an ostrich. It may not be the most elegant of monsters, but it’s certainly memorable.

Giant Claw 1

Giant Claw 2

The trailer:

Big Bird eating a parachutist:


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5 Responses to Top 20 Craziest Kaiju: Number 19

  1. Terry Frost says:

    I never understood this one. The tackiness of the monster seems dismissive of the audience’s sensibilities. “They’ll put up with any old crap” seems to be the attitude. Making a less tacky one would not have cost more and the out-of-focus close ups of the monster just show shit cinematography.

  2. Backbrain says:

    I don’t know, Terry… I’ve always had that attitude toward it (and that’s probably fair enough), but in those stills I posted the creature looks just as ugly but not so tackily constructed…. Maybe it’s not so much “dismissive of the audience’s sensibilities” as “misguided”…

    I haven’t seen it for a loonnng time, back when all there was to see was a bad TV print.

  3. Avery says:

    Hey guys!!?? This is one of my all time favorites!! Ok,I will admit,it’s horribly bad in a very cheesy way.That’s exactly why I love it so much!! I think that if it wasn’t this fake and bad,and weird looking…well it wouldn’t be on the!! I wouldn’t change a thing about it!!That and I love Mara Corday and Jeff Morrow.They’re fantastic together!!

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  5. GiantClaw says:

    It is flying battleshit and it flyes in spiral, What the fuck is their fuckin problem

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