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The Giant Claw

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The Giant Claw (1957), starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Antrum


In The Giant Claw, a giant bird appears out of nowhere, the size of a battleship. invisible to radar. And in movie monster tradition, it starts attacking everyone and everything. How will the Earth survive? By laughing at the ridiculously silly effects, apparently.

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Rodan (1954) starring Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata

In Rodan, in the Japanese mining village of Kitamatsu, miners are starting to disappear deep inside shaft number 8. Some of the men sent to investigate are killed but one who has managed to escape brings back a tale of a giant insect.

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Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster

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Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Synopsis of Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster

In Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster, a meteor crashes to Earth.  With a danger hidden within that will threaten the entire world. Only the combined might of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra can stand against it. But neither Godzilla nor Rodan cares to help humanity since they’ve both been attacked by them numerous times. How can Mothra persuade them to work together before it’s too late?

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The Deadly Mantis [William Hopper]

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The Deadly Mantis  (1952) starring Craig Stevens, Alix Talton, William Hopper

Synopsis of  The Deadly Mantis

When a giant, prehistoric praying mantis is released from its’ icy grave, it revives. Then, it looks for food. But the only food in the Arctic are the various military people and researchers posted there. It leaves no living survivors to tell the tail.   When a paleontologist looks at the evidence, he realizes what’s going on … And has trouble convincing anyone else, until the Deadly Mantis goes where there’s more food–New York.

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Yongary, monster from the deep

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Yongary, Monster From the Deep (1967) aka Taekoesu Yonggary

 It should be said up front that  Yongary, Monster From the Deep is an imitation of Godzilla. A funny, delightful, cheesy imitation, but still an imitation. The basic plot is very familiar. It has a prehistoric monster awakened, causing massive damage to cardboard cities. It fights toy tanks and helicopters …. And only a brilliant young scientist can devise a way to stop the monster.

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The X from Outer Space [monster movie]

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The X from Outer Space (1967)

Synopsis of The X from Outer Space

 When a scientist crew returns from Mars with some space spores that contaminated their ship, they inadvertently bring about a nightmarish Earth invasion.  After the spores are analyzed in a lab, one escapes, eventually growing into an enormous, rampaging beaked beast. An intergalactic monster movie from long time Shochiku stable director Kazui Nihonmatsu, The X from Outer Space was the first in the studio’s short but memorable cycle of horror pictures.

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