“New York is like a city besieged. A state of emergency has been declared… and the entire police force put on 24-hour duty. Civilian defense is fully mobilized… and shelters have been opened in an effort to stop the mounting hysteria. All traffic has been halted. And Times Square, the heart of New York, has stopped beating. The National Guard has been called out, fully armed. to repel the invader. This is full-scale war against a terrible enemy… such as modern man has never before faced. Ordinary bullets have no effect… and a method of destroying the awesome creature… has not yet been formulated. But the battle field has been cleared. Herald Square. 34th Street. Broadway. Every section of the city is guarded. No one knows where the monster will strike next. It was last seen on Wall Street, close to where it came ashore. But lower Manhattan has become no man’s land.…”
The crab sequence from Mysterious Island is my favorite Harryhausen scene, but this is my favorite Harryhausen monster. Although obviously referencing 1933’s King Kong, this was the first of the myriad of ’50s giant monsters.