A lot of people have made a "Top 100 Favorite Horror Films" list but that's physically impossible for me. If…
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 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…
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.
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…
"when movie reviewer Rex Reed met Q's producer, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Reed told him 'What a surprise! All that dreck—and right in the middle of it, a great Method performance by Michael Moriarty!' Arkoff replied 'The dreck was my idea.'"
Wow! Q was everything I hoped it would be and waaayy more! It has to be one of the best 50s style creature feature movies since... well... the 50s. Moriarty, Carradine and Roundtree help fill this schlock-fest classic with hilarious one-liners throughout. Larry Cohen wonderfully shows homage to movies like The Giant Claw and Them and throws in his own style of dark satire and gore.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Vllt ist die Benotung etwas unfair, aber im Jahre 2014 kann ich ihm einfach nicht mehr geben.
I don't know how Michael Moriarty isn't a bigger star. The guy is a good actor, and makes a cheesy movie good, and Q is a perfect example of cheese. But it is a fun movie to watch, and has some great 80's scenes.
Entered Flickchart at 883
Quetzalcoatl flies around New York City and nobody sees it? And Jimmy Quinn is the most annoying character in cinema history. Dude, shut the fuck up. I liked the ending. Other than that the movie is kinda eh.
Michael Moriarty is absolutely fantastic in this.
A huge let-down for me because I love a good monster movie. Ever since Cloverfield I have been fascinated with watching how society reacts to a giant monstrous, physical threat so a story about a cult who summon a serpent through morbid sacrifice sounded awesome. It wasn't. There are great scenes to be found in every film and watching a huge reptile bird snatch a man from a rooftop swimming pool in Manhatthan was great but sadly these thin layers of action were sandwiched between a stupid amount of police procedural and a hokey story about a thief who discovers the serpent's egg at the top of the chrysler building. David Carradine is useless here as the cop whilst Michael Moriarty does his best to salvage every scene he is in but ultimately the film is a con, too many people and not enough serpent.
If I made movies, I'd like to think they'd be Larry Cohen movies.
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For a film that feels so loose and improvised, so utterly unhinged, it's seems logical Larry Cohen would compliment Aztec "cult" murders and feathered serpents with Free Jazz. I've never watched a chase scene before where I felt so confused, yet so compelled... to scat along with.
Come to see Q's legs and giant egg, but stay for Michael Moriarty's completely off-the-rails performance. It's method acting at it's best and worth every star.
- The Beyond
- The Deadly Spawn
- Night of Death
- Delinquent School Girls
- Terminal Island
- Cry of a Prostitute
- Lunch Wagon
- Lord Love a Duck
- Cannibal Holocaust
- The Fog
- Humanoids from the Deep
- Friday the 13th
More than 1100 movies of pure 80's horror.