Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)
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Genre pioneer Larry Cohen, who broke new horror ground with the killer-baby hit It's Alive!, takes a stab at the giant-monster scenario with this enjoyable low-budget exercise. The title refers to the winged Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, represented here as a dragon-like flying lizard (thanks to some quaint but amusing stop-motion animation from David Allen), who decides to take up residence in the art-deco spire of the Chrysler Building, taking frequent jaunts in the midday sun to nip the heads off
Sep 8, 1982 Limited
Nov 25, 2003
Fred J. Scollay
Mary Louise Weller
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Cohen's obviously having fun with the cheesy clay animation, and Michael Moriarty delivers an inspired, whacked-out performance as a small-time operater who tries to turn the monster into his own private bonanza, but the rest... is disengaged and sloppy.
The only movie in which you may ever see a gnawed, bloody skeleton wearing a gold charm bracelet.
"Q" has no idea what it is, and it shows with a question mark ending that left me giggling more than anything.
Cohen and his crew soak the picture in Big Apple atmosphere, and Carradine is disarmingly relaxed as the wisecracking detective. Yet it's Moriarty who really sparks the proceedings with his offbeat characterization.
While Q won't give anyone nightmares, there's a throwback charm to it that honors Japanese monster movies more authentically than an expensive Hollywood production ever could.
They don't make 'em like this anymore, and that's a shame. It's one of the best grindhouse-type pictures of the '80s.
...an inspired bit of madness from exploitation writer/director Larry Cohen...
Q works because Larry Cohen plays it pretty straight. Guerrilla filming on the streets of NYC helps create a sense of verisimilitude, and the characterisation is both unusual and strong.
Larry Cohen once again proves himself to be among the most creative, original, and intelligent American horror film directors in this bizarre masterwork.
A freewheeling homage to both King Kong and producer Samuel Z. Arkoff's 1950s creature features that's slyly infected with marrow-deep societal tensions.
Odd creepy special effects (the kind we don't see anymore) combine with a great performance by Moriarty to make this worth seeing.
A wonderful throwaway B movie about New York menaced by the title character. Campy at times.
Nifty creature design, and Michael Moriraty's fun, but the rest doesn't add up to much.
Cheesy and a little bit sleazy -- just the way a 1980s Larry Cohen picture should be.
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