"There are No Words. At All."

Film: The Giant Claw (1957)

Alias: Flying Battleship

Type: Alien

Location: Civilized area

Height/Weight: Constantly described as being as big as a battleship. We don't know either.

Affiliation: Neutral

Summary: And it is here where we hit 50s rock bottom. The bastion of poor monster design is here, and proud of it. Ladies and gents, this is La Carcagne, easily the most ridiculous threat mankind has ever known. And somehow one of the most dangerous.

History: She came from space...somehow...and headed to Earth...for some reason...to fly in a spiral pattern...for unknown purposes. Honestly, the only motivation we can determine from this deformed buzzard that makes a lick of sense is laying an egg, and perhaps more along the way. Whatever the case, she proved to be a rather formidable foe for the residents of Earth. Just not a very good looking one.

Notable Kills: Somewhere around her first big appearance, the beast begins to pick off parachuting pilots one by one. Complete with sickening crunching noises.

Final Fate: After finding a way to break through La Carcagne's anti-matter shield via special isotope, the demonic Big Bird is taken down by the army and plummets into the ocean, where she sinks to the bottom.

Powers/Abilities: Anti-matter shield, you say? Oh yes, La Carcagne is surrounded by an invisible force field that repels all forms of weaponry. Nevermind the fact that the bird would asphyxiate and die in this oxygen-less shield, but that's Hollywood science for you.

Weakness: If one can find a way to destroy the shield, La Carcagene is last year's Thanksgiving dinner.

Scariness Factor: 1.5-Despite her myriad of powers, nothing can hide the fact that she looks like something you'd expect to see trying to menace the Muppets. With her googly eyes, weird mohawk on her bald head, elongated neck, and incredibly silly "brawk brawk" cackle, this monster is more likely to cause laughs rather than screams.

Trivia: -La Carcagne is named after the wolf-headed demonic entity from French-Canadian folklore more prominently featured in Samuel Hopkins Adams' story "Grandfather and a Winter's Tale".

-Rumor has it that when the monster made its first onscreen appearance, the film's star, Jeff Morrow, left the theater in a humiliated state.

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They knew. They knew the actual design was awful.

Goes to show that a giant hawk would have been preferable.

Oh, for GOD'S sake...

Sure, there's the death and destruction, but a mother must be hard at work caring for the young.
Pick the film with the giant bird. It's far less boring.

A more accurate talon, but still.


Predating the Simuroc by PLENTY of years.
Awesome, but again. THE HEAD. Where is it?

That's better.

Yet another sunken battleship awaits the ocean floor.