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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?
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.
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…
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.
I want to huff this film's essence every morning when I wake up. I love movies that combine things that shouldn't co-exist. Gritty '70s New York police procedural and giant fucking dragon - that's some great juxtaposition. When I die, I want heaven to be this film's reality.
Q is for Quirky...as in Michael Moriarty's performance. The impression I got before going in was that the winged beast would be the strangest thing in this movie. Instead, it's Moriarty. I shouldn't stop there. David Carradine is odd, too. In fact, most everything here is off a step. The dialogue is goofy and the conversations between characters is poorly timed or something. It's almost like they were ad-libbing much of the time.
The stop motion animation is pretty weak, but it's good enough to make the final battle between Q and the police at the top of the Chrysler Building a lot of fun. It ultimately makes the movie worth watching.
There are a lot of nice, early-'80s aerial…
A Great cast of actors and a Wonderful stop motion creature elevate this movie above what should have been a very B level status.
Weird hybrid film - it's a giant monster flick, but spends a lot of time being a police procedural. It makes some ambitious choices, like making the protagonist a deeply unlikeable small-time crook, but it doesn't really pay off. Great shots of early-80s NYC though.
The whereabouts of a winged Aztec monster - that is actually nesting in the spire of New York's Chrysler building(!) - being kept secret by a crooked Michael Moriarty in hopes of extorting the city to ultimately indict American's then surge in individualist greed and litigious behavior.
This has my favorite fake out scare and they weren't even really trying for it. Maybe that's the secret.
Figured this was a pretty great way to start the new year. My knowledge of Larry Cohen's filmography is pretty thin, but I had no trouble getting into this crazy, trashy, and somewhat transcendent bit of B movie weirdness. It has a great cast, led by Michael Moriarty giving one of the strangest performances I've ever seen in a movie of this sort. The creature effects are pretty cool, but certainly of their time (or maybe a few decades before), but the police procedural element blended with the monster elements work really well. I chuckled a lot, and was suitably grossed out by some of the gore effects.
In other words, this one does its job really well.
Watched for Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16
Week 15: Hollie's Horror Week
Full disclosure: I chose this movie sorely based on the poster as I am not a fan of horror genre and particularly not of the old school ones containing visuals that make me laugh. The visuals of this one made me laugh so hard that tears came out. This was a batshit crazy movie, just not my kinda batshit. I am drawn to dragons and stories containing dragons (one of the reasons I endured Reign of Chaos) but this one was too cheesy for me.
David Karradine, though, was a treat to watch. So badass, cool and nonchalant.
"That guy didn't want to die"
Blending a variety of wacky humour and B-grade action, Q tells the tale of an ancient lizard bird that attacks New York City.
Michael Moriarty steals the film as the only person that knows the whereabouts of Q, the winged serpent. Moriarty goes completely insane in some scenes, whilst others he jokes around impersonating jazz singers.
The winged serpent on the other hand, Q is a B-Grade masterpiece. The beast is obviously a model and everything looks hilariously fake.
A surprisingly hilarious film, probably the funniest film about a killer lizard bird thingy.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.