a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Its name is Quetzalcoatl. Just call it Q. That's all you'll have time to say before it tears you apart!
New York police are bemused by reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work ex-con is the only person who knows the location of the monster's nest and is determined to turn the knowledge to his advantage, but will his gamble pay off or will he end up as lizard food?
Larry and I go way back... Bone, fuck yes. Yaphet Kotto is amazing. Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem, check. Its Alive and God Told Me To <nods head>.
In Q: The Winged Serpent, Larry gives me everything I could want: I've got Michael Moriarty acting like his fucking life depended on it. I've got mayhem on the streets of NYC. I've got a female FLYING SERPENT eating the shit out of people. What more could a girl ask for?
Oh wait, this movie has Ron "The Penguin" Cey from my beloved 70s Dodgers. Thank you, Larry. No, really, thank you.
I had always wanted to watch a movie about a dragon that likes to decapitate perverted window-washers and steal topless women from desolate rooftops, so the fact that Q: The Winged Serpent even exists is like a dream come true for me. Mr. Cohen, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Q, AKA The Winged Serpent is a Horror movie without match. The story about a petty thief, a detective, a mytical monster and ritualistic killer comes together fantastically in this highly entertaining monster flick, which differs from any other monster movies out there, exactly because it explores the human characters even more than the creature itself. Also filled with great sequences of people being grabbed from top of buildings and constantly intertwined by beautiful takes of New York City as seen from above, Q is a must see, one of the many pieces that only the 80s could have created.
Q is one of those movies that is really hard to take the piss out of, because it does plenty of that on its own. I could come up with plenty of complaints or mockeries, but Q always seems one step ahead of me, laughing and doing a dance, so in the end I really don't have much choice but to turn down my brain and giggle along with it. Set in New York City, Q tells the story of an ancient winged reptile reborn and hunting the rooftops of the Big Apple, and the petty crook and cops who must stop it.
There is a lot to love about Q, first and foremost the very concept, which takes the…
Eat 'em! Eat 'em! Crunch crunch!
Larry Cohen you magnificent bastard. The story goes that Cohen was fired from the production of I, the Jury and not wanting his New York hotel room to be money wasted hired actors and wrote a shooting script in six days. What he managed to pull off in such a short time feels like a Ray Harryhausen film with better acting set in contemporary New York City.
Now Quetzalcoatl (the "monster" and what the Q in the title stands for) might be brought to life using slightly similar stop-motion techniques as Harryhausen, but doesn't come close to the same charm as his famous monsters however that's where the acting and great cast…
Only in Q will you witness Michael Moriarty as the hard-drinking, wife-beating, piano-aspiring, incompetently jovial two-bit petty criminal Jimmy Quinn come face to face with the Aztec serpent Quetzalcoatl who is summoned through a ritual sacrifice to terrorize New York City. It is this merging of stories, the delusional thief and the bird beast, that makes Q such a delightfully absurd experience. Larry Cohen shot the film entirely on location, including all the way at the top of the Chrysler building, inside and out, machine guns blazing. New York circa '82 has never felt more suited for a monster fracas and by the time Quetzalcoatl is chucking dudes from atop the Chrysler who then turn into stop motion dummies as they tumble, I'm in unabashed love.
Hoop-tober 2.0 - Film 7/36
This silly monster flick was surprisingly boring. It tried to do the Jaws thing where it held back the monster thinking it was building suspense, which it might have provided any of the actors were playing people who were remotely interesting. Instead we're left with hoaky dialogue and lackluster performances. And the monster, as I probably should have expected, looked even worse than I expected. A totally bummer of a film.
The beginning of a new binge.
Q has an interesting premise, an unusual but stellar central performance by Michael Moriarty and a killer ending. While I wouldn't exactly call it dull the rest of the movie is nothing to write home about as it slowly meanders along being generally unfocused with its sacrifice thread resolved in a particularly unsatisfying manner. The effects, while rubbish, are visually amusing and some of the dialogue was pretty choice. It's a kooky little flick for sure but one I could only recommend with reservations.
There seems to be alot of love for Larry Cohen, but I think he is a total hack. Just because someone makes B-Movies almost exclusively, doesnt mean they are good at it.
Yes, this movie had some interesting stuff, like the exterior shots of NYC and some of the "monster-eye-view" shots of the city/rooftops, but this film was a real mess. Scenes were edited sloppily and with such a cold eye, I could never really get into any of the characters. In most films, something happens and then you see the reaction in the protagonist's face. This is how you tell what they are thinking without them saying a word. Not in this movie. Something happens. Cut. Another thing happens…
Most of this movie is just people screaming while a bird-shadow flies by or a police procedural with the worst cops imaginable, but it's still kind of entertaining.
I think it's about time I watched more Larry Cohen.
He's one of those directors whose films used to be on a lot when I was in my late teens. The Stuff, the killer baby films, The Ambulance, Deadly Illusion - they were always getting regular airings on Sky and even the BBC. I probably recorded all these at some point and, aside from The Stuff, which is great fun, I never watched any of them. Obviously this was a mistake in need of rectifying.
Q is certainly not quite like your normal monster movie. It starts off almost like a crime film and I did initially have trouble buying Michael Moriarty as a getaway driver. Doesn't seem…
Maybe it's just the cast making this as good as it is. And I don't just mean the names (though you will recognize nearly every bit player), I mean how great everybody is, from the annoyed woman in the opening to the beleaguered security guard to bartender who's only job is to not like scat piano.
But it's more than that. There are two good movies going on well before the giant bird story engulfs them both and somehow it doesn't turn bad when it does. I always heard Larry Cohen was some sort of genius of genre, but I don't think I ever really believed it, chalking it up to the fact that horror fans love pretty much everything, even the things they obviously couldn't possibly.
An oldschool creature feature from 1982 starring Carradine, the always stern faced master of b-movie tough guys, and features an amazing no holds barred impromptu performance by Michael Mortiarty that even puts the off the cuff-master Crispin Glover to shame.
Sounds like a train wreck? It is, a fantastic one, and then some, and i loved every minute of it. It's not everyday you get to see a movie that really makes you feel like an impressionable, easily amazed/amused, kid again.
But the epic Quetzlcoatl and it's havoc wreaking return to the human world is one of those movies that transports me back to my care free, VHS-popping, adolescence.
The sfx are the wow-factor. Memorable, fun and real. And NYC 1982 makes a perfect backdrop that reeks through the screen of hot asphalt, cheap drugs, smog, sweat and shredded human flesh.
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…