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The Gornaxis are the main antagonists of the 1957 American horror film The Monster That Challenged the World.

These gigantic gastropods were released from their underwater slumber by undersea earthquakes in the Salton Sea. Upon awakening, they rise to the surface and begin attacking the locals of a nearby Californian town.

Appearance

The Gornaxis resemble large caterpillars with two large eyes and two large mandibles. They have numerous stubby legs running down their bodies; said bodies end in large spiral snail shells.

Powers and Abilities

The Gornaxis possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Amphibious locomotion
  • Tough shells
  • Mandibles

Fate

One of the mollusks is killed after it is stabbed in the eye, several more are blown up with explosives, and one is shot to death by Navy personnel.

Trivia

  • The film's working titles were The Jagged Edge and The Kraken.

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