Q: The Winged Serpent [Blu-ray] [1982]

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  • Release Date: 08/27/2013
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen
  • Theatrical Trailer

Synopsis


Q: The Winged Serpent
Genre pioneer Larry Cohen, who broke new horror ground with the killer-baby hit It's Alive!, takes a stab at the giant-monster scenario with this enjoyable low-budget exercise. The title refers to the winged Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, represented here as a dragon-like flying lizard (thanks to some quaint but amusing stop-motion animation from David Allen), who decides to take up residence in the art-deco spire of the Chrysler Building, taking frequent jaunts in the midday sun to nip the heads off various hapless New Yorkers. The resulting bloody mess confounds detectives Shepard (David Carradine) and Powell (Richard Roundtree), who are already scratching their heads over a series of bizarre ritual murders linked to a secret Aztec cult. Into the picture comes the film's protagonist -- neurotic, sweaty, paranoid crook Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty, in a tour-de-force performance), a two-bit wheel-man with aspirations of becoming a jazz pianist. After a botched diamond heist leads Quinn to Q's lair, his attempts to go straight take a side-turn as he decides to extort from the city an enormous sum in exchange for directions to the monster's nest. A few sneaky deals later, the location falls into Shepard's hands, and he leads a paramilitary assault on the Chrysler Building, where the creature's humongous egg is about to hatch. Rude, edgy, fast-paced, and peppered with witty dialogue (most of which can't be repeated here), Cohen's script retains the spirit of classic monster movies like The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, injecting it with tough, gangster-movie moxie. Moriarty's unbelievable performance -- one of three collaborations with Cohen -- finds him chewing acres of scenery as a contemptible, loud-mouthed goon who's too funny to hate; Moriarty also composed and performed two schizophrenic piano numbers for the film. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michael Moriarty
    Michael Moriarty - Jimmy Quinn
  • Candy Clark
    Candy Clark - Joan
  • David Carradine
    David Carradine - Detective Shepard
  • Richard Roundtree
    Richard Roundtree - Sgt. Powell
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    Lee Louis - Banyon



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pure Monster Cheese

    Posted
    EasilyAmused

    Great movie to watch when you want to waste an afternoon of mindless TV viewing. Interesting concept and nice claymation monster effect but the plot and acting is cliche. More a cop-show plot that just happens to have a flying monster doing the killing. The early 1980s feel and look of the background did bring back memories though. Certainly don't make them like this anymore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's name is Quetzalcoatl

    Posted
    JeffH
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    fun great movie, the blu transfer looks good but could be improved.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    classic!

    Posted
    Dave
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    great movie as a horror with some elements of comedy.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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