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The Giant Claw: The Enshohma Rendition by Enshohma The Giant Claw: The Enshohma Rendition by Enshohma
"The Giant Claw (1957) was once considered one of the worst films ever made. Especially back in the 1980's, thanks to unforgiving film critics like Michael Medved - author of successful book "The Golden Turkey Awards".

And than 1997 came around, when movies began not only dipping in quality, but also magnified in their quantity. Eventually leading to current state of "Bayformers" and the Syfy droppings of the week. Forced by said comparison, "The Giant Claw was moved up from cinematic shame, to cheeky camp with an ounce respect.

And than the people raised up against Michael Medved, abducting him from his Rolling Hills mansion, and imprisoning him within a huge wicker effigy of The Giant Claw herself. It was than set aflame, in order to appease our prehistoric buzzard goddess from deep space, with Michael serving as our unwilling blood sacrifice. And as the effigy burned away, we all sang the traditional folk song of Frank Zappa's "Cheepnis", while holding hands in a widen circle.

Oh what a wonderful night of summer murder that was!




All joking aside, it really does feel like we're living in a strange age, where 'classic bad movies' have lost their hated infamy. And evolving into entertaining classics in return.

True, there's way more horrible films like "Monster A-Go-Go" and Blood Freak" than there's endearing oddballs like "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Attack of the 50ft Woman". But what was once horrible blights onto cinematic history, have now become watch-able, even forgiven cheese.

This includes the Japanese Monster Movie genre, which was arguably treated far worse then the aforementioned American examples, which again, is largely thanks to people like Michael Medved. There's still seems to be strong remnants of hate-tinged mockery. But usually from the same sort of stupid jerks who honestly think that japan, and only Japan, could ever love these types of films. And also that South and North Korea are exactly one and the same.

And you all wonder why I hate humans, minus numerous exceptions like my DeviantART watchers.




And with ALL that said, "The Giant Claw" has become a very tolerable film (at least for me) in recent years.

It has a good concept and plot, and moves along at an decent pace. Plus, the film stars Jeff Morrow, who's one of those kind of actors that's good in almost everything he's in. Even if said films are beneath his A-game performances, as was the case with "The Giant Claw". Along with co-star Mara Corday, who's also very easy on the eyes.

But than we have our title character...oh boy, do we have our title character...!

The Giant Claw (AKA La Carcagne) is not at all a bad monster. She's only bad in execution. To be fair though, that laughable marionette is still preferred over modern examples of sub-par monster effects, done with crap CGI. Again, these older monster movies are aging with grace, when compared to their more recent contemporaries.

But as an artist and designer of my own Kaiju creations, I couldn't help but try my own hand at the ugly space buzzard. While at the same time, not wanting to do a total 'reimagining', and still honor the original design, and making it resemble the original at that.




The only major change I gladly committed however, was The Giant Claw's coloring. All official poster and lobby card art from the 1957 film features a Turkey-style color scheme, adding to the poor girl's already lousy reputation. And a lot of other artist, unaware of this previous fact, color her with the blacks and reddish-pinks of real life vultures.

I figured that since The Giant Claw is a space fairing extraterrestrial, whose evolutionary lineage started here on prehistoric Earth (long story), she'd have a plumage of violets and purples.

Perfect for reflecting the excess radiation of deep space, and somewhat similar to the bright colored, shiny hides of certain tropical insects. And despite being a combo of purples and violets, my Giant Claw still has near perfect camouflage for space traveling. Which she probably used in order to sneak up upon (and devour) some poor Space Whales and Star Squids while on her journey towards Earth.




And lastly, unlike the original film's ungainly puppet, my Giant Claw is made to look like she could be created through an elaborate man-in-a-suit effect. The bulky neck would be a major difficulty however, despite me taking direct inspiration from the monster suits for Kilazee, from "Ultraman: Towards the Future" and Melba, from "Ultraman Tiga".

However, if we were to bring this design to filming life, I of course would prefer a combination of differing effects methods for a better whole. Ungainly puppets included.

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Extensive Gallery With Bottom Text Information

Original Theatrical Trailer

Cinemassacre's Loving Tribute to the Film
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:iconmegasquidproductions:
That TRULY is one terrifying Giant Claw. LOVE IT!
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pinkheartwolf123 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
is it just me or is this shadow giant claw
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I had no choice - it was either dark purples, or the monster's true turkey colors, beyond the B&W
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pinkheartwolf123 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
no no no no i like shadow claw
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"You know, Cheepnis has nothing to do with a film's budget, although it certainly helps."
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Now that is a BADASS Giant Claw! 
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Gary3-6-9 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Huh... so much better than the original!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Gary3-6-9 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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AkagiArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazingly written.

Ever notice though-- how after our snide teenage years and our cynical young adult years, as we start to approach ages like 30, all the things we used to consider unwatchable... start to lose their unwatchable edge?

As I look back at the things I loved as a child and the things I loved as a teenager, and maybe this is just me, feel free to say so if it is-- but as I look back at these things and compare, I find a rather higher success rate in quality aimed directly at my childhood preference over my teenage preference. Things I liked as a teenager seem far more embarrassing now as the things I enjoyed as a child-- if anything the stuff I enjoyed as a child had a sort of universal appeal where as teenager oriented entertainment is very streamlined and focused toward the angst filled minds of adolescents. 

But I digress, I'm just trying to throw some perspective around on a beautifully written piece, not to mention drawn so amazingly as well. 
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WinterOcelot Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I love your drawing and colouring style!
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Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist
I liked this design already, but I think the purple and black color scheme really brings it to life. The only real changes are the transition from buzzard puppet to man-in-suit, and all the anatomical tweaking that suggests, the color, the addition of arms, and a comic book style filter. And..... really, that's all it needs. That ugly, bug-eyed, snaggletoothed mug is suddenly menacing in a sinister supervillain sort of way, when it's got a good foundation and isn't shoving its beak into the camera.

Actually, the more I look at it, the more I'm getting a "hag decked out in mink" vibe from it. Like something incredibly ugly trying to cover it up and look pretty with colorful fashion. It works really well.
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Mavrick-17 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
looks menacing.
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:iconlordhadrian:
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Awesome.  The Giant Claw lives again!
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KaijuWithNoName Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
You have indeed improved upon La Carcagne's design. Keep up the awesome work!!!
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The violets and magenta's look really nice man! :) Color makes way more sense since she was an outer space monster. And as a man in a suit design, it is certainly a lot more fearsome than some other giant bird kaijus like Birdon, Hyrda, and Terochilus.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! It looks really cool! You did a really great job drawing it! :)
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I'm still impressed by how ya took such a goofy creature design and made it into a legit kaiju design :D
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lordcoyote Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I had that on video once. My vision of a redesign would put it closer to a wyvern.
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh, love the colors you've picked! Very slick. The Claw has never looked sharper!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, I LOVE your Giant Claw so MUCH! This thing is so badass it makes mine look like a pussy!
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M9314 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice upgrade! I like the man-in-suit approach. I would love to see your take on the danish monster "Reptilicus" one day.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!

I'm tempted to do more re-designs of non-Japanese giant monsters, and if I was to do Reptilicus, I'd go with something as epic looking as the original poster art appearance of the acid-spitting mammal-like serpent.
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KaijuInfinity Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yet another sweat upgrade fer the Giant Claw! NICE!!!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I was hoping to get it colored, but that's looking unlikely for the time being...unless you know some willing to give this a line cleaning through LiveTrace of Vector?
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Phoenix-Fightmaster Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist
For what is hailed as the singled goofiest movie monster, the giant claw really is remarkably tame. It has nothing on Guiron, Guilala, the the Tra-la-logs, or the thing from It Conquered the World. Its only real problem is the left side of its face, which somehow looks much sillier than the deformed right. There are actually some shots that are legitimately creepy. But I guess the goofy cry and even goofier origin compound the face problem.

Still, it was an enjoyable movie on its own. I like the addition of arms on its wings. They give it a Gaos-like quality. Though personally, I would focus more on the feet. The scene isn't actually in the movie, but I saw the trailer as a child and was genuinely creeped out by something I apparently imagined, in which a group of soldiers fire on an impossibly large claw descending from high above the clouds, which were so dense, the rest of the monster couldn't even be seen. Such a moment would have really cranked up the eerieness of the thing.
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drac2000 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
this is cool i thing they should have use this creature inseid of that funny thing
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed!
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drac2000 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
ur welcome
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rebis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome Job, I love the head and crest! Your style really helps this piece "pop" of the page!
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, though I'm tempted to update the piece with digitally cleaned up inks and coloring.
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Looks pretty sweet, like this redesign.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Welcome
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spacezillazon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with everything Warriorking4ever said.

me just incredibly and so well detailed you get a :trophy: :trophy: awards.Awesome redesign I think it would be cool with this design in a Ginat claw's return movie using this and it be harder to take down.

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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Dude, you really did a great job of taking one of the fakest/goofiest looking monsters of all time and turning him into a credible & honestly cool looking kaiju! :D

I'm not sure what I like best about it, the face is really creepy & ghastly looking instead of "herp derp" lol, & I like the long skeletal vulture neck. I also like how the wings now have clawed hands to attack with, I wouldn't mind seeing another pic of him with his wings outstretched in flight, or giving off a standard hurricane wind attack. The legs are killer too!

Very solid redesign, who'd you rather see him fight against if he were in a kaiju film? Godzilla? Gamera? Or Ultraman?
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drake-fighter-0127 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really amazing redesign
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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drake-fighter-0127 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome!
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DinoHunter2 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looove that face. The arms and claws are pretty cool too- this would be a really sharp looking suit.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed, though that neck might be a heavy nightmare for the actor inside.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Certainly has that Ultra monster feel to it now :) Great use of blacks against whites as always. A lot of detail :) Sadly I did not get mine done for the jam either, but hopefully I can get it out before Xmas with everything else. I really like that head on his shoulders though alot. Looks absolutely vicious :)
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Wyote Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Oh man, The Giant Claw! Haven't seen that in a while,, now I'm gonna have to try and find it again. Nice job on making it look a lot more intimidating.
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Enshohma Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot man!
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Wyote Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
You're welcome dude.
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