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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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Larry Cohen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Peter Hock ... Det. Clifford
Ron Cey Ron Cey ... Det. Hoberman
Mary Louise Weller ... Mrs. Pauley
Bruce Carradine Bruce Carradine ... The Victim
John Capodice ... Doyle
Tony Page ... Webb
Larkin Ford Larkin Ford ... Curator
Larry Pine ... The Professor
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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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You'll just have time to scream... before it tears you apart! See more »

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Crime | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Q: Winged Serpent See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The special effects for the flying serpent were done using stop-motion animation by Randall William Cook and David Allen. 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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Jimmy Quinn: Stick it in your brain. Your tiny little brain!
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The original theatrical print, as well as the HBO and Cinemax airing, and the syndicated TV print, at the finale of Q, with the shot of the new egg hatching and the camera zooming inside to black, instead of cutting to the credits, a title card stating that Michael Moriarty's character sued the city and got $1 million tax-free , yet all video and DVD of this film is missing this. See more »


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Let's Fall Apart Together Tonight
Music by Andy Goldmark
Lyrics by Andy Goldmark and Janelle Webb (as Janelle Webb Cohen)
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An Aztec winged monster named Quetzalcoatl flying over Manhattan
7 April 2009 | by ma-cortesSee 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 pair of detectives (David Carradine , Richard Roundtree) are investigating the strange events . As 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 in violent manner have been executed as bloody sacrifices to Aztec God named Quetzalcóatl , 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 to 'Full moon' and 'Empire' Factory . Good cast as an overacting Michael Moriarty and 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 monster movies , during the 50s, 60s , and 70s for their production company called ¨American International Pictures¨ . Atmospheric photography by Fred Murphy who has a successful career as an expert cameraman . The picture was compelling and originally written/realized by Larry Cohen . He's a B series craftsman , 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 monster films admirers .


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