Okay, it’s time high time for another monster redesign! The monster I chose today is from the movie, “The Giant Claw”! – Starring Jeff Marrow and Mara Corday. Written by Paul Gangelin and Samuel Newman. Directed by Fred F. Sears. And Produced by Sam Katzman.
This 1957 Sci-fi beauty revolves around a giant bird-like anti-matter creature (the size of a battleship!) that terrorizes the world!
Why would I pick this movie as my next creature redesign? Well, this is why:
I mean….come on!
Joe Dante via Trailers from Hell describes the movie well (www.trailersfromhell.com):
Now onto the redesign. First off I did a quick sketch of the actual creature as is while watching the movie. Yes I watched it and I encourage you too. It’s so bad it’s good! The only difference in my sketch from the actual creature was to give it larger feet and make its stance a little more believable:
After that I did a few real quick sketches of some large birds to loosen up:
I decided that my inspiration would be the Marabou Stork and the Greater Adjutant. I mean, just look at these monstrous carnivorous birds!
After gathering up my reference, I actually went back and did a quick piece in the same style as the creature presently is in the movie. Before I went ahead to redesign it, I wanted to do a piece to show off its schlocky glory:
Heh, that was fun. 🙂
Now onto my Redesign! As you can see, the beak, and head overall actually, has been altered. I was heavily influenced by the reference I showed earlier as I thought it worked really well. I tried to use what is already around and make that the basis of my redesign. I did not add teeth. Instead, I chipped away at its beak to give the impression of teeth:
Menacing, yet recognizable. Strange and evil looking, yet still based in reality. So that’s my redesign for The Giant Claw! Lot of fun to work on this as well as revisit a great bad sci-fi 50’s movie. Plus it gave me a chance to check out Trailers From Hell again. I recommend doing the same. Great site! www.trailersfromhell.com