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Q -- Its name is Quetzalcoatl, a dragon-like Aztec god that is summoned to modern-day Manhattan by a mysterious cult. But just call it "Q"...because that is all you'll be able to say before it tears you apart!


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Release Date:
29 October 1982 (USA) See more »
You'll just have time to scream... before it tears you apart! See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Moriarty ... Jimmy Quinn

Candy Clark ... Joan

David Carradine ... Shepard

Richard Roundtree ... Powell
James Dixon ... Lt. Murray

Malachy McCourt ... Commissioner
Fred J. Scollay ... Capt. Fletcher
Peter Hock ... Det. Clifford
Ron Cey ... Det. Hoberman

Mary Louise Weller ... Mrs. Pauley
Bruce Carradine ... The Victim
John Capodice ... Doyle
Tony Page ... Webb
Larkin Ford ... Curator

Larry Pine ... The Professor

Eddie Jones ... The Watchman

Shelly Desai ... Kahea
Lee Louis ... Officer Banyon
Fred Morsell ... First Robber
Ed Kovens ... Second Robber
Richard Duggan ... Construction Worker
Jennifer Howard ... Newscaster
David Snell ... Attorney
Larry Silvestri ... Policeman
Perry Genovese ... Policeman
Gabriel Wohl ... Policeman

Nancy Stafford ... Eyewitness
Bobbie Burns ... Sunbather (as Bobbi Burns)

Directed by
Larry Cohen 
Writing credits
Larry Cohen (writer)

Produced by
Larry Cohen .... producer
Dick Di Bona .... executive producer (as Richard de Bona)
Paul Kurta .... associate producer
Dan Sandburg .... executive producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (uncredited)
Salah M. Hassanein .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Robert O. Ragland 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (photography)
Film Editing by
Armond Lebowitz  (as Armand Lebowitz)
Casting by
Michael A. Candela (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Dennis Eger .... special makeup
Steve Neill .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Rick Stratton .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
David Kern .... post-production supervisor
Peter Sabiston .... production executive
Michelle Solotar .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ira Halberstadt .... second assistant director
Dennis Murphy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nicholas Gould .... props (as Nick Gould)
John Loggia .... assistant props
Sound Department
Jeffrey Hayes .... sound mixer (as Jeff Hayes)
Jane Landis .... boom operator
Anthony Milch .... sound effects (as Tony Milch)
Jerry Mosely .... sound effects
Sandy Berman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Don Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Lee Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Aiko .... additional modelmaker
David Allen .... special visual effects
Randall William Cook .... special visual effects (as Randy Cook)
Roger Dicken .... additional modelmaker
Dennis Gordon .... additional modelmaker
Peter Kuran .... special visual effects
Deed Rossiter .... additional modelmaker
Peter Hock .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Blum .... second grip
Don Cerrone .... key grip
Phil Clark .... grip: second unit
Stefan Czapsky .... gaffer
Yuri Denysenko .... assistant camera: second unit
Morris Flam .... electrician
Tom Hurwitz .... additional photographer
Frederick Iannone .... assistant camera (as Fred Iannone)
Konstantin Jekov .... clapper loader
Joseph Mangine .... additional photographer (as Joe Mann)
Daniel Pearl .... additional photographer
Mike Trim .... electrician
Oliver Wood .... additional photographer
Matthew Dorsey .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael A. Candela .... casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Timothy D'Arcy .... wardrobe
Lee Schattino .... wardrobe assistant (as Lee Schettino)
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Arlon Ober .... music editor (as Arlen Ober)
Other crew
Maryse Alberti .... production staff
Anthony Baldasare .... production assistant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Bob Cohen .... production assistant
Jenny Fitzgibbons .... auditor
Gary Gasgarth .... production assistant
Gerald Holbrook .... location manager
Nancy Juliber .... production coordinator
Marc Peterson .... production staff
Richard Schlesinger .... production assistant
Kevin Scott .... production assistant
Andy Suhl .... production assistant
Carolyn Zatz .... script supervisor
John Bruno .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Dennis Stuart Murphy .... production coordinator (uncredited)

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1982) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Writer/director Larry Cohen, according to interviews, once looked at the Chrysler Building and said, "That'd be the coolest place to have a nest." This single thought was the idea which began the creation of this movie.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Jimmy Quinn:Eat 'em! Eat 'em! Crunch crunch!See more »
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Let's Fall Apart Together TonightSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
An Aztec winged monster named Quetzalcoatl flying over Manhattan, 7 April 2009
Author: ma-cortes

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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