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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.
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.
Watched as part of the See You Next Wednesday challenge.
This movie meets criteria #6: A movie whose title is only one word, less than 5 letters.
Q is an odd mixture of small-time crime capers and B-monster movies of the 1950s. Two genres that could make for an interesting premise, but don't necessarily mix very well in this case. The Harryhausen style stop motion effects for the Lizard were cool, albeit a bit dated for the time (especially considering VFX masterworks like The Thing and E.T were released the same year). But, for a movie about a giant flying lizard, it sure played backseat to the crime caper premise. That said, the characters were campy and entertaining, which makes for a fun watch.
There are a lot of good and interesting ideas within "Q: The Winged Serpent" but it suffers from poor delivery and execution of the story and effects.
"Q: The Winged Serpent" deals with the mind of paranoia, importance and secrecy for fame. It's just a shame that the movie wasn't well directed or performed.
w/ amusing director's commentary
A creature feature set in New York, old school eighties stop motion and puppetry,
Well of course I am. There’s always a place for Larry Cohen’s superb Q- The Winged Serpent!
Strange murders are taking place all over New York. Detective Shepard (David Carradine) is searching for the killer performing the clearly ritualistic murders, and has a theory of it possibly being connected to an ancient Mexican god - Shepard’s college Powell (Richard Roundtree) believes that he’s insane, but then they run into known small time crook Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty), who after a rough time following a heist gone wrong has discovered the secret lair of the winged serpent terrorizing New Yorkers.
This is a brilliant Cohen movie with…
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Q (also known as Q: The Winged Serpent) was somewhat of a underground cult hit. Writer-producer-director Larry Cohen, he of the It's Alive!, Piranha and The Stuff fame, actually garnered the first good reviews of his career with this creature feature. Looking at it today though, the flaws that were easy to ignore in 1982 are not so easy to set aside, today. Now, Q could almost stand for "quaint."
Q takes place in New York City where a mysterious series of deaths and disappearances begin happening. Window washers have their heads ripped off, subathers are plucked off rooftops and folks down below periodically have blood and body parts dropped on them from the sky. At the same time this…
Writer/director Larry Cohen is a huge weirdo. So is lead actor Michael Moriarty. So is this film's nutcase in a bird mask who stages pagan rituals to conjure up an ancient snake-bird that eats construction workers and topless sunbather ladies. Put 'em all together in New York City in 1982 and you've got one of the finest bizarros of the time. It's roughly 20% dead bodies and 80% deadpan humor. If you're not laughing at Michael Moriarty's amazing big city loudmouth (he'd seriously hold his own with any Scorsese character ever) and Larry Cohen's crazy death scenes and oddball editing jokes, you might not be fully getting this one. It's a great movie that's even better when you know that…
Ridiculous but Michael Moriarty is stellar at making something memorable out of almost nothing. Ridiculous and funny for the most part. David Carradine is hilariously a hilariously blasé detective investigating ritual murders, Mexican deities, and dragons. Relatively impressive for something thrown together in a week.
Wuuuttt?! This movie was written and "pre-produced" in SIX DAYS? No way. Definitely exceeded my expectations, but the great improv by David Carradine and Michael Moriarty make it all worth sitting through. Larry Cohen masterpiece in SIX-FRIGGIN-DAYS! I simply adore it for what it is.
Great central performance by Moriarty and a quirky plot can't quite keep this film afloat.
I know this film is about a prehistoric beast terrorising New York but the rest of the plot is rather far-fetched. Even by the movie's standards.
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