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Q's campy charms may be lost on audiences who want their monsters frightening, but a game cast and lovingly retrograde visual effects give this kaiju romp some majesty. Read critic reviews

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A fleeing gangland flunky (Michael Moriarty) finds the New York nest of Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl, the man-eating flying serpent.

Cast & Crew

David Carradine
Detective Shepard
James Dixon
Lt. Murray
Ron Cey
Detective Hoberman
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Executive Producer
Dick Di Bona
Executive Producer
Paul Kurta
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Peter Sabiston
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Dan Sandburg
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Fred Murphy
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Critic Reviews for Q

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (8)

  • 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.

    August 27, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 28, 2007 | Full Review…
  • We have no hesitation in awarding Oscars all round.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 9, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Enjoyable monster movie with some pretty decent performances.

    June 22, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The cast also includes David Carradine, Richard Roundtree, and Candy Clark, good actors all, but you have to be awfully good not to be upstaged by the death throes of a dying Quetzalcoatl.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 27, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 28, 2007 | Full Review…
  • We have no hesitation in awarding Oscars all round.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 9, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • I highly recommend this to the legions of monster and cult movie fans. It is a fantastic midnight double-feature to complement any of your classic camp favorites.

    March 11, 2021 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…
  • A mix of familiar schlock and unusual invention, Q gets a major boost from Michael Moriarity's Method-style performance as the film's scat-singing anti-hero.

    November 3, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Q

  • Dec 16, 2015
    Nowhere near as cheesy or stupid as it should be.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2014
    Ray Harryhausen would be flattered with the stop-motion animation that adorns Quetzalcoatl, a prehistoric reptile who decapitates window-washers with a single munch. In the midst of it all is Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty), a scurrilous low-life wheelman for criminals. It's as if Larry Cohen gestated on interjecting Ratso Rizzo from 'Midnight Cowboy' into a cartilage-laden creature-feature and against all odds, the raw, seedy B-plot of Jimmy Quinn is a stupendous switchback on archetypal horror-movie protagonists insofar as Quinn is a profiteering scoundrel who is flailing with reforming his felonious tendencies ("Maybe I can't make it outside the slammer."). Cohen is a Roger Corman-esque shlockmeister at heart and the titillating sight of a nude sunbather is juxtaposed with an ineptly shot scene of the droplets of the women's blood descending on pedestrians. Mostly due to budget, Cohen refrains from showing too much of the titular character and it extracts palpable suspense. Truthfully, 'Q - The Winged Serpent' is a wistfully scalene endeavor as it jostles back and forth between Moriarty's filching scheme and the occult angle with human sacrifices to appease the Aztec god Q. Nevertheless, the strain of self-effacing humor (Quinn states he never wants to "see eggs again" after witnessing Q's hatchling in his Chrysler Building lair) assists in digestion of the more disparate elements and it emerges as another unexpectedly witty character study with New York verisimilitude masquerading as a monster movie.
    Cory T Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2013
    Amusingly ridiculous monster b-movie in which a giant dragon goes round lopping off heads in New York City, and yet the NYPD finds it inexplicably difficult to find. The effects are ropey and the whole thing is just daft, but it's tongue-in-cheek enough to be able to carry it off. Just...
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2013
    Stylish and intelligent monster movie with a fantastic performance by Moriarty.
    J H Super Reviewer

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