A Ray Harryhausen-ish remake of The Giant Claw from exploitation maestro Larry Cohen (God Told Me To), about a winged serpent of Aztec legend that terrorizes New York and encamps at the top of the Chrysler Building. Cohen's obviously having fun with the cheesy clay animation, and Michael Moriarty delivers an inspired, whacked-out performance as a small-time operater who tries to turn the monster into his own private bonanza, but the rest of this 1982 feature is curiously disengaged and sloppy. With Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree, and David Carradine as a zombielike detective. R, 93 min.
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