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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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It's name is Quetzalcoatl... just call it Q, that's all you'll have time to say before it tears you apart! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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29 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Q: The Winged Serpent  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Bruce Willis wanted to star in David Carradine's role but wasn't a known name at the time that Larry Cohen could depend on to be bankable. Bruce later met Larry again when Moonlighting (1985) was a hit. See more »

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During the police shootout with the serpent, the monster lands next to a cop in a basket dangling over the side. In close-ups, the cop is clean-shaven with no mustache. But, the cop the creature grabs and throws to his death has a thick bushy mustache. Clearly, there were no clean-shaven stunt men available. See more »

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Jimmy Quinn: Eat 'em! Eat 'em! Crunch crunch!
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Dancing Too Close to the Flame
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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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