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.'"
Director Larry Cohen hits a home run here. Aztec winged serpent in New York. The two cops on it are Caine & Shaft! That damn bird doesn't have a chance. Michael Moriarty plays a small time criminal that has info on Q's nest. Pay attention because there are a ton of really funny jokes. Special effects (green screen troubles) don't hold up toward the final act. Who cares! It's a really fun movie. Moriarty should of got an Oscar!
wikipedia: "Roger Ebert gave the film 2 and 1/2 stars in his original review but was bursting with praise for Moriarty's performance. He relates the anecdote that, 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.""
An excellent crime drama that gets a bit sidetracked by a winged stop-motion serpent. Could do with more Roundtree.
It's like Michael Moriarty and David Carradine had no idea they were in a horror/fantasy movie.
I had to fly back to New York for a few days for a job interview so I figured a good NY movie before leaving is always a good mood-setter. This time I said fuck it to any sort of high-brow or relevant to me films and went for something I've neglected for about a decade. I love this movie to bits. It represents all the potential of what "b-films" can be capable of. And Michael Moriarty gives what may be my favorite performance out of the entire horror genre.
This is a movie that you should watch.
Went into this knowing nothing other than it's cult status. I feel like I missed a lot on this first watch and can't wait to see it again. Michael Moriarty as Jimmy Quinn is awesome. This character feels like it was pulled from a film totally different than a quirky monster flick and it elevates the film. Also he looks, sounds, and acts so much like Bill Burr, it's unreal. Can't forget to mention how fun Carradine is as the cop who has no trouble in believing that human sacrifices can resurrect an ancient God to be animated into a flying serpent.
I believe this was my first Larry Cohen movie, back during one of its frequent cable airings. "Q" still holds up as a good, old-fashioned monster movie with a ton of early '80s NYC flavor and a cool cast who help to keep the momentum up whenever the plot stops moving. Neither David Carradine nor Richard Roundtree look too thrilled to be there, but they play along anyway, while Michael Moriarty embodies his desperate hustler (Roundtree calls him a "piece of caca") with just enough underdog gumption to bestow some sympathy. He's also got a cool "Taste the Blood of Dracula" poster in his apartment. Cohen makes an honest stab at bringing some gravity to this Quetzacoatl business by discussing…
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