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.
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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A young Eddie Murphy was considered for Moriarty's role, but the investors didn't think a black unknown would do well in overseas markets. See more »
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 »
The entire gig shouldn't take more than 3 and a half minutes, right? In and out.
Hey Quinn? Take it easy on the cashew chicken will you?
Oh I'm sorry, I thought you had some
[passes him the plate]
You got to watch this guy, you know. I'm telling you, he's a nervous eater. You got to defend yourself over here.
Now, let's talk business. I'm strictly a wheelman. I don't go inside. And I don't carry a piece. And my cut is 20%
Oh no no, your cut is 12.5%, and you haven't ...
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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 »
A prehistoric serpent-type Aztec god soars high above New York attacking various people. Ex-con Jimmy Quinn (Micheal Moriarty) is the only living person who knows where it resides. And it's up to Detective Shepard (David Carradine) and Sergent Powell (Richard Roundtree) to find the creature in this cheese-fest. This is one of those films that you have to check your brain at the door for. Unlike most of Cohen's directorial efforts there's not even a hint of social commentary in here. Mindless entertainment B-movie fluff, but really GOOD mindless entertainment B-movie fluff.
My Grade: B
Blue Underground DVD extras: A humorous commentary by Larry Cohen; Teaser; Posters and Stills gallery; Larry Cohen bio DVD-ROM: Q Memorabilia
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