Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oscar Time - Remembering The Big Claw (1957)



It's Oscar's time again! This may be the best year for movie animation ever. Here's some interesting film trivia showing how far special effects in movies have come:

The Giant Claw (1957)

A monster movie about a giant bird "...as big as a battleship" starring Jeff Morrow as a pilot. The Giant Claw has gone down in history as one of the worst movies ever made, with some referring it as "The Citizen Kane of bad B-movies", mainly because of its terrible special effects. The bird in particular is considered one of history's worst movie monsters, being an unconvincing marionette puppet with a very odd face. The film is riddled with stock footage, making continuity a serious issue. Jeff Morrow, the star of the film, went to a screening of the movie; the audience laughed and sneered when they saw the ridiculous bird monster, and reportedly Morrow walked home drunk. This was the only "worst B-movie" to be distributed by a major motion picture studio,[citation needed] which featured it on a double bill with The Night the World Exploded. Plan 9 from Outer Space was hailed by The Golden Turkey Awards as the "Worst Film Ever."