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Great movie despite the Z-grade monster

6/10
Author: JasparLamarCrabb from Boston, MA
5 January 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A great script, great direction and a great cast along with a title monster that is in fact a Z-grade special effect. It's fun to watch Michael Moriarity's insane performance as a low-life criminal with a lot of self esteem issues. He also happens to stumble across a prehistoric winged serpent living atop the Chrysler building and attempts to blackmail NYC before offering up the news. Cops Richard Rountree and David Carridine are on the case and Candy Clark plays Moriarity's girlfriend. Malachy McCourt plays the NYC police commissioner as a walking & talking Irish stereotype. Larry Cohen's direction is first rate. There's lots of gore, lots of shrieking music by Robert Ragland and LOTS of aerial shots from the monster's perspective. It's all presented by the inimitable Samuel Z. Arkoff.

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A different kind of monster movie.

6/10
Author: Aaron1375
18 June 2009

A monster movie that is like those of the 1950's, but so different as to make it interesting too. This monster movie has more cops trying to find things out and uncover the truth of the Aztec cult than it has monster flying through city moments. Still, it has the unexpected in it and an interesting enough story to off set the fact the title character really is not in this film much. The final scene though is more of the type found in your typical monster movie as the creature must be brought down. Michael Moriearty is in this film as he was in a few other horror movies during the 1980's. The rest of the cast is good as well. The monster is okay, but really not all that memorable, which may explain why they felt the need to make it appear as little as possible. Some good bloody scenes in this one, but nothing to gory, most of the kills had more to do with sacrifice than the monster itself. Still, for a different type of monster movie that has more mystery but an actual monster too this is the movie for you. What I mean by that, usually when a movie features this much detecting and stuff the monster ends up being staged, fake, or a hoax.

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* *1/2 out of 4

Author: Bleeding-Skull from Review Land
23 January 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

*This review applies to Blue Underground DVD.

After a series of strange occurrences, Detective Shepard, (David Carradine) and Sergeant Powell, (Richard Roundtree) are shocked to find it part of a series of incidents over New York. While attempting to drop off a package, mafia-flunky Jimmy Quinn, (Michael Moriarty) loses it and hides out inside an office building which contains a humongous egg in a special nest. As the mysterious incidents continue, they find that the case could be a strange cult that offers up human sacrifice, while another believes that a giant bird is flying around the city causing all the damage. Since he has knowledge of what is going, he spills everything and gives the police everything he knows and it melts the two cases together which is enough for them to stop the creature's rampage.

Without a whole lot of really large flaws, this one is a rather decent entry if not overly spectacular. This is really only for those enjoy cheesy monster flicks or like the way it intertwines the two stories together, but those looking for a little more action-packed film will find this one tough to sit through at times.

Unrated for Extreme Graphic Violence, Profanity and Nudity.

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Brilliant when it's on, decent when it's not

Author: slayrrr666 (slayrrr666@yahoo.com) from Los Angeles, Ca
14 November 2007

"Q: The Winged Serpent" is a rather decent creature feature that is pretty entertaining.

**SPOILERS**

After a series of strange occurrences, Detective Shepard, (David Carradine) and Sergeant Powell, (Richard Roundtree) are shocked to find it part of a series of incidents over New York. While attempting to drop off a package, mafia-flunky Jimmy Quinn, (Michael Moriarty) loses it and hides out inside an office building which contains a humongous egg in a special nest. As the mysterious incidents continue, they find that the case could be a strange cult that offers up human sacrifice, while another believes that a giant bird is flying around the city causing all the damage. Since he has knowledge of what is going, he spills everything and gives the police everything he knows and it melts the two cases together which is enough for them to stop the creature's rampage.

The Good News: This here is a rather decent creature feature at times. This one is mostly excellent due to how well it handles the creature at the beginning of the film. It wisely hides it and only gives very brief glimpses, barely enough to tell it is a bird and instead focuses on the aftermath of the attacks. The aftermaths are pure fun, as there's several really nice decapitations, severed limbs and the greatest gag of blood falling from the sky on hapless citizens below. From the opening attack on the window washer to a later attack at a construction rooftop site, these here are all quite fun and really entertaining. All of this is accomplished with keeping the creature off-screen, mainly using spectacular ariel shots to convey the creature's presence, which continues all the way to the end. These area all great at providing a sense of the creature's presence but keeping it off-screen, and one spectacular shot shows the shadow on the buildings below. There's even a rather spectacular series of action scenes at the end, where there's a large assault on an apartment building as well as a big confrontation outside a museum. The big one, though, is the firefight at the creature's nesting spot. With the dozens of officers opening fire, the screen is filled with bullets flying everywhere punctuated by the creature dive-bombing the building and plucking off several to throw to the ground. Watching it in action is a great sight to see and generates some old-time monster movie fun. These here are the film's good points.

The Bad News: This here doesn't have a whole lot of flaws. The fact that the creature decides to use most of it's kills by dragging them off-screen or in general not even showing what happens is a big deal. This one isn't all that gory and offers up hardly anything really noteworthy for that. The fact that the attacks are so short and spread too far apart might be it's biggest problem. This one doesn't have any attack or suspense scenes that go on for very long and are punctured by a large amount of time without attacks to begin with. That really makes them occupy a small section of the film, and it can leave large sections feeling boring. The large section dealing with the police putting a deal together to get the information out is one of the biggest ones, not feeling necessary and being an utter waste of time. The cheesiness of the creature could be one, but it does have a sense of goofy charm that can be overlook-able. These flaws here are the reason for keeping the film down.

The Final Verdict: Without a whole lot of really large flaws, this one is a rather decent entry if not overly spectacular. This is really only for those enjoy cheesy monster flicks or like the way it intertwines the two stories together, but those looking for a little more action-packed film will find this one tough to sit through at times.

Rated R: Graphic Language, Violence and Brief Nudity

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Q Vs. Q

7/10
Author: ferbs54 from United States
23 October 2007

Just last week I saw a film called "The Flying Serpent," a fairly lame movie from 1946 starring George Zucco, about a professor who uses the Aztec bird god Quetzalcoatl to perform various homicides for him in modern-day New Mexico. Just last night I watched another film about Quetzalcoatl being alive and well in modern-day America, Larry Cohen's "Q" (1982), a picture that is infinitely superior to the earlier film in every aspect of the cinematic arts. In this consistently amusing picture, Michael Moriarty stars as another Q, Quinn, a small-time crook, ex-junkie, two-time ex-con and aspiring musician, who discovers the serpent bird's nesting lair way up in the tower of the Chrysler Building and uses his exclusive knowledge to hold NYC to ransom when the bird monster starts to use the city's residents as hors d'oeuvres. Moriarty is a real marvel to watch here; maniacal, jittery, hyperkinetic and jive talking, his is quite a delicious, oddball performance. David "Kung Fu" Carradine and Richard "Shaft" Roundtree also make for a fun team as squabbling detectives on the case, and Q himself (or perhaps I should say "herself," as Q seems to be an egg layer?), I am happy to say, looks mighty fine; some very impressive FX work for a film with a typically limited Larry Cohen budget. The film's finale, during which the swooping monster attacks the armed cops at the summit of the Chrysler Building, plays out like the ending of "King Kong," only with the positions reversed. Yes, this film should be greatly enjoyed by all lovers of 1950s-style monster movies. I personally found it immensely entertaining. Oh...and the DVD that I just watched, from the fine folks at Blue Underground, looks very nice, to boot!

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If you sunbathe, work in construction or wash windows, then beware

Author: ryannemetz from Orange, Ca.
29 August 2004

Q: The Winged Serpent is set in New York, where there are two simultaneous stories taking place at once. Mainly, we are dealing with an Aztec Serpent, precisely identified as Quetzalcoatl, which nests up in a skyscraper, but when often hungry, it'll come out of the Chrysler building to snack on human flesh. It looks like a dinosaur with wings. On the other hand, we have some crazy wacko that is obsessed with summoning the serpent to perform the acts of murder. Yes, these two stories are connected.

The cast highlights David (Kung-Fu) Carradine and Michael (The Stuff) Moriarty. Both actors did a fine job in their roles. Moriarty's character is weak and the extent to which L. Cohen explains his character is lacking depth. L. Cohen tries to draw sympathy for Moriarty's character, but falls short. Since it was made in the early 80's, you can see the different hair styles and the out of style clothing attire. I am directing this totally towards David Carradine, as he has long straight unkept hair, which cover both his ears and he has some bad outfits, which include sportcoats and hideous suit vests.

Q: The Winged Serpent was made in the early 80's, so the special effects are kind of cheesy. No, the serpent isn't scary, but it is basically the way L. Cohen shoots and directs the picture to make it worth watching.

I didn't find it as interesting as other Cohen movies, such as: "The Stuff" or the "It's Alive" trilogy. However, based on other reviews, most found Q to be one of Cohen's best pictures. I disagree; it just didn't do it for me as some of his other films.

I give it 4.5 out of 10

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"Quetzalcoatl--the feathered, flying serpent."

Author: Backlash007 from Kentucky
25 April 2004

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~Spoiler~

Based on premise alone, I had a hard time getting around to watching this flick. I kept putting it off and putting it off until it was literally the last film in the video store which I hadn't seen. After watching Q, the Winged Serpent, I can say that I'm not overly impressed, but they did a damn good job with bringing this ridiculous story to life. Written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen was an iffy factor for me. I'm not a huge fan of Cohen, but I usually respect his directing and his ability to give credit to some weird and offbeat ideas. You'll recognize Cohen from the It's Alive trilogy, The Stuff, and Return to Salem's Lot. Q, short for Quetzalcoatl, is an Aztec god who has been awakened by cultists in modern day New York and flies around the city looking for people to eat. Michael Moriarty (who stars in most of the films I named above) stars in this film as a thief who knows where the serpent god's nest is: the Chrysler building. He's actually great in this film and proves why Cohen uses him so often. Tracking Q are David "Kung-fu" Carradine and Richard "Shaft" Roundtree as a couple of New York cops. So the acting is above par for what type of movie it is. Also, the film never really suffers from its budget or its lack of being able to show the creature for too long at a time. It has some good gore moments too, like the window washer losing his head. Q is nothing I would buy, but it wasn't a bad rent.

"Its name is Quetzalcoatl...just call it Q...that's all you'll have time to say before it tears you apart."

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It's not King Kong or Godzilla!

Author: blythe760 from Lake Isabella, CA
1 February 2001

Rating 2** out of four

Well like most of the giant creatures that attack New York, Q seems strange. He is not a classic influence by King Kong nor the likes of Godzilla or Gorgo. Instead Q: The Winged Serpent which is short for an Aztec name Quezoacloi or something like that, is half bird and reptile.

Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moritary) is an ex-con and piano player. He robbed several New York stores and gets in trouble with the mob. He hides in New York's Crystler buliding away from the police, but he finds his own trouble. An egg at the top which has been protected by the bird-reptile Q. Q goes flying through the city of New York eating people. Policemen (David Carradine, Richard Roundtree) are on the case of several murders caused by a man dressed as a bird who makes sacifrices to Q. Quinn and the police join forces to find Q and bring him down. But at the end of the film, the egg hatches, a sequel? Not yet.

Q is greatly made. Wonderful direction from It's Alive artist Larry Cohen and special effects from David Allen. Were are also saved from a dramatic musical score by Robert O. Ragland, but it's failing point: Q looks like a clay figure, but if you look at it in a certain range he can be terrifying. Q is on DVD now which is a cleaner version than the VHS.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Fun and Underrated

7/10
Author: Comeuppance Reviews from United States Minor Outlying Islands
12 May 2010

"Q: The Winged Serpent" is cheesy fun at it's finest. The plot: Oh No! Quetzlcoatl, A Winged Serpent is terrorizing New York City! Only one man can take him down: An Ex-Scat player named Jimmy Quinn (Moriarty). For 1982, the stop motion effects are decent. Moriarty is excellent as usual. He puts a lot of heart and soul into Jimmy. You want him to be safe from "Q". There's a scene where Jimmy plays a impromptu piano solo that's funny and brilliant at the same time. Only Larry Cohen can make this movie... and get away with it.

Watch Q tonight!

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The Cohen Brother's Best!

10/10
Author: Derek Carpet from United Kingdom
15 November 2010

Q, or to give it it's full title- The 8 Exciting Excapades Of Mr Q, The Big Thing, Also Known As Quaker Coat Al, King Of The Mormans, As He Chases Shaft, Kwai Chang, And Michael Moriarty- is basically just a remake of Jaws, but set in space. It has all the same scenes from that movie- a child being mauled to death as he takes his moon buggy for a brief spin; a dead man's head floating by the spaceship's port hole, Shaft having his legs bitten off as Q eats through the bottom of the ship. Heck, it even 'borrows' some of the famous lines- 'We're gonna need a bigger rocket', 'we're gonna need a bigger ship', 'Monster! (instead of shark!)', and 'Hi'. It is suffice it to say that the famous George Lucas theme tune of the approaching evil is rogued too. While the Jaws music goes like this- Duh duh. Duh duh. Du du du du duh da du du, duh da du du' and so on, the music in Q goes like this- 'Duh duh. Duh duh. Du du du du duh da du du, duh da du du'. If that ain't a slice of the old Rip Off Magee, then I don't know what is boy! Anyways, I'm sure if you've seen Jaws (or it's other remake, King Qwong) you'll know the basic storyboard. Humans have been living on the moon for a few weeks now, but for some reason they are all trapped in the 80s, or possibly the 60s. Drilling for precious moon oil has awoken an ancient beast known as Qod (basically God with a Q) and he ain't happy! He ain't happy, but he ain't not hungry! Q is a giant dragon type feature, roughly the size of a large squirrel, and he can fly. He can't breath fire, but he ain't not hungry! He feasts on space tramps and rocks and takes off towards the main city- Earth Part Two. Soon it is a race against time for the spacemen to work together and bring down this awesome foe. I like the graphics in this film- they are some of the best I have ever scene, and I like the fact that they filmed on the moon, with Neil Armstrong's permission. There is plenty of gore and killings, and the excitements are kept high on the scale- about 340lbs worth, give or take. What the film really needed was a big monster fight- they should have dug up another alien and had a smackdown rumble fest where they both smelled what the other had cookin'. This is a lovely piece of filming, Michael Douglas should be proud.

Best Scene: Patrick Moore's cameo. He is discussing the possibility of life on other planets at the start of the show, then it cuts to him going to his dressing room. Later when his director goes to pick him up for his next shoot, and spins his chair round he is dead and Q has crawled out of his eye! You know which one.

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