With her long, featherless neck, La Carcagne resembles a vulture, albeit one with bulging eyes and a few tufts of hair on her head. Unlike Earth birds, she also possesses a prominent set of sharp teeth.
A gigantic bird, purported to come from an antimatter galaxy, is responsible for all the incidents. MacAfee, his girlfriend, Dr. Karol Noymann, Gen. Considine and Gen. Van Buskirk work feverishly to develop a way to defeat the seemingly invincible enemy. The climactic showdown takes place in Manhattan, with the bird attacking both the Empire State Building and United Nations buildings. She is defeated by a special type of isotope which brings down its antimatter shield, allowing missiles to kill the bird as she crashes into the ocean.
La Carcagne can fly at sufficient speeds to engage fighter jets.
The Giant Claw can protect herself with an invisible antimatter force field that is impervious to all military arms, including nuclear weapons. She does not use the shield offensively, preferring to attack human vehicles with tooth and claw.
- A bombardment of muonic atoms will disable her anti-matter shield. In the film, this is achieved with a device called the Mu-Meson Cannon. Without the shield, she is quite susceptible to conventional weapons.
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- None of the actors who worked on The Giant Claw were aware of La Carcagne's less than terrifying appearance during filming. Star Jeff Morrow had this to say about the experience: "The director, Fred Sears, just told us, 'All right, now you see the bird up there, and you're scared to death! Use your imagination.' But the first time we actually got to see it was the night of the premiere. The audience couldn't stop laughing. We were up on the screen looking like idiots, treating this silly buzzard like it was the scariest thing in the world. We felt cheated, that's for sure, but they told us afterward that they just ran out of money. They couldn't afford anything except this stupid puppet... I was never so embarrassed in my entire life."
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