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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?
I am not entirely sure how I could forget Jimmy Quinn in a list I made of my 25 Favorite Characters, because Michael Moriarty is at his very best as the ex-con loser whose education came from the streets and warped moral code was developed after a lifetime of being fucked over.
"I've seen this bitch in action."
Q has everything I could ever ask for, no extras paid to look like unnatural background filler as they check their watches on cue and stop at crosswalks in a robotic synchronization, in the Larry Cohen style of guerilla filmmaking, you're going to be served up actual pedestrians, regular people persevered on film in their natural state, providing a slice of real…
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.
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.
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…
Someone needs to remake this hilarious, circus of a film. Call it a guilty pleasure if you like but I enjoyed this for it's madness and crazy bad effects. It works surprisingly well as a cop drama and at moments you'll find yourself forgetting that this is a movie about a giant flying serpent living in the Chrysler building randomly biting heads off window cleaners and topless sunbathers.
Two things it does exceptionally well - firstly it uses the city of New York brilliantly as a backdrop. Lot's of aerial shots giving you mix of vertigo and voyeurism plus long shots of characters on street level where there's always something interesting going on in the background.
Secondly, the let Michael…
Q: The Winged Serpent represents a welcome throwback to 50s monsters movies with a bit more of a modern flair (meaning more violence and a bare breast or two). Well, it should have been, had it not been for the film spending an inordinate and seemingly interminable amount of time with Michael Moriarty as he does his thing. While this marks the first meeting of directory Larry Cohen and his frequent leading man, there's a sense that Cohen was really impressed with his easy-going charm and told Moriarty to go completely overboard with it. Having a great big ham as a leading man isn't an inherently bad thing, but the amount of screen time Moriarty gets compared to everything else…
Bless Larry Cohen and his Raymond Chandler loving heart. Who the hell else would have improvisational jazz piano in their flying-serpent movie? Hardboiled horror is the best sub-genre of all sub-genres.
Q = The Winged Serpent, the badly filmed stop action animated creature of this 'film'.
Q = Quinn played by the awful Michael Moriarty, who does this weird manic seemingly drug infused method acting performance which is out of sync with everyone else in this movie and really annoyed the hell out of this viewer. Man. It is so bad. Cringeworthy.
Q = is for a Question, that question being: Why did this viewer waste his time with this crap.
Q = Quaalude. With wine. Rest. Forget it all. Tomorrow is another day.
Larry Cohen has to be one of the most baffling figures in cinematic history, and a lot of people probably wouldn't even know him by name. He's made a ton of films, in a lot of different departments, and Q just kind of sits as another example of his willingness to work on just about anything that came his way.
Q could be a complete trainwreck if it weren't so entertaining. Maybe it is a trainwreck and I just don't care. Cohen doesn't really seem to care. He know's it's not going to be some deeply resonant film and thats okay. He tends to have an understanding of film as pure escapism unlike most because even at it's…
I wish all horror movies had plots this unique
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Larry Cohen is like the Shakespeare of shit cinema. Yes, this is a movie that's about a cult resurrecting an ancient winger snake bird, but it's also so much more than that with social commentary and layered characters. It's not perfect and it ends some of its subplots in rather rushed manners, but it's still a massively entertaining film with plenty of quirks and thoughtful underlying structures to remain a film that one will visit again and again.
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Movies that are slightly off.