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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
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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 »
I am the plumed serpent, I fly, and I crawl... I have fallen, but I shall rise again!
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An unusual state of deaths has hit New York, where people on high-rise buildings are being gruesomely killed. NPYD detectives Shepard and Powell are on the case, where Shepard believes these deaths are connected with another case involving skinned corpses. What he throws up is that the flying serpent god Quetzalcoatl that the Aztecs worshipped has been brought back to life due to these skinned sacrifices. A small time crook Jimmy happens to stumble upon the winged serpent's nest, and after being caught for a bungled robbery he uses this information to his advantage.
What an extremely nifty and charming little film by the inventive b-film maestro Larry Cohen! Original, weird, wild and downright snappy is the trademark of this gem. Cohen's brightly taut direction takes flight and gets a highly amusing sardonic script to blend splendidly into the versatile and old-fashioned story. A super knockout cast make it a huge delight too. An excellent David Carradine keeps it suitably dry and Richard Roundtree superbly plays it hard-boiled. Candy Clark is sincerely good. Cohen regular James Dixon also pops up. However it's an outstanding neurotic method performance by Michael Moriarty, which livens up the show. His twitchy turn is fun to watch. The authentically gritty NY locations lend to the colourful atmosphere, and Fred Murphy and Robert Levi's inspired cinematography is spaciously swirling and always on key. The film is heighten by compelling suspense, and some workably conceived shock sequences that shows few gruesome images with a humorously dark streak tag to them. Robert O. Ragland's breezily flavoured score fits right at home with eccentric nature of the picture. The opening main cue also kicks in nicely. Cohen who also penned the stellar story mixing monster elements with a crime caper. Throws in plenty of witty satire, rooftop terror, few surprises and some major character progression. The characters do win out here, but you got to hand it to Cohen as he gets right into it. The way it sticks to telling a story, then concentrating just on the monster gives it more depth and heart. The other star of the piece Q is exceptionally staged in campy stop-motion animation. The special effects are creative, but never overdone and stays pretty effective throughout most of the film because of perfect timing and positioning.
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