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A.k.a.
Q: The Winged Serpent
Year
1982
Runtime
93 min.
Director
Larry Cohen
Genres
Crime, Mystery, Horror
Rating *
6.0
Votes *
3,904
Checks
1,084
Favs
35
Dislikes
22
Favs/checks
3.2% (1:31)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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  1. Ronet's avatar

    Ronet

    It's hard out here for a small time crook.

    This movie is far from perfect, but it's heaps of fun and deserves praise for trying something different. If there's ever a remake, Bill Burr would be the perfect choice for Michael Moriarty's character.
    2 years ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    No one can really pronounce or spell Quetzalcoatl, so the movie is just called Q, AKA Q: The Winged Serpent, and it's what happens when the American B-movie industry attempts a giant monster film in 1982. A B-movie it may be, but it's a GOOD B-movie. Director Larry Cohen doesn't blow his wad on monster effects early, replacing them with what B-movies are good at, like gore and badass cops (here played by David Carradine and Richard Roundtree), before going all Harryhausen on us (old-fashioned, but fun). Though the cops are on the trail of the Aztec cultists who have summoned the totally unfeathered Feathered Serpent God, our actual protagonist is an ex-junky (Michael Moriarty) who knows where it roosts and holds it over New York City's head because it makes him feel important. So the plot's unusual and that definitely plays in Q's favor. It might just have been an ordinary creature feature if Cohen hadn't infused it with so much texture. New York locations are well used, every character has their moment even the day players, and there are plenty of fun gags and lines. You can do a lot with a little if you CARE. 3 years ago
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  1. This movie ranks #344 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  2. This movie ranks #511 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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