NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is.

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New York police are bemused by a spate of reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, which they assume to be bogus until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work, ex-con piano player 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? Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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29 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Final film of Tony Page. See more »

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When Quinn runs away from the robbery, the number of people in the streets around him change frequently between shots. This is most noticeable just after he loses the bag containing the loot. See more »

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Kahea: I am the plumed serpent, I fly, and I crawl... I have fallen, but I shall rise again!
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An Aztec winged monster named Quetzalcoatl flying over Manhattan
7 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

This flick is a distinctive and haunting oddity , concerning about a winged serpent, a dragonlike, which carries out creepy killings , happening in N.Y. City. A detectives(David Carradine, Richard Roundtree) are investigating the strange events. The giant winged bird hungry for sunbathers and rooftop construction workers.Thanks help a delinquent(Michael Moriarty) who encounters the monster's hidden nest on the Chrisler building, detective Sheperd discovers that several murders committed of violent manner have been executed as bloody sacrifices to Aztec God named Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent whose two halves are a serpent and a bird.

This is a rough-edged chiller and results to be an entertaining return to monster movies from the 50s. Simple and stop-motion monster special effects by recently deceased David Allen, usual of 'Full moon and Empire' factory. Good cast as an overacting Michael Moriarty , David Carradine, Richard Roundtree as Police Inspectors and nice support casting

as Eddie Jones and Candy Clark as crooks'fiancée.The film is well produced by Samuel Z Arkoff who along with James H Nicholson financed numerous movies of various genres, including monsters movies, during the 50s,60s, and 70s by their production company called American International. Cool photography by Fred Murphy, today with a successful career as cameraman. The picture is originally realized by Larry Cohen. He's a B series expert, such as terror genre(Stuff,Return to Salem's Lot, It's alive I,I and Island of the alive), hard hitting crime films(FX,Ambulance) and Blaxploitation(Black Caesar, Hell up in Harlem,Original gangsters), plus a prestigious screenwriter(Phone booth,The ex,Invasion of privacy) and usually writes all his own scripts. This is a cult movie to be liked for chillers and monsters films admirers.


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