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Blue Underground is good, but Q rarely soars...
on January 9, 2014
Larry Cohen is an enigma...he's more businessman than artist, but today that's commonplace as opposed to shocking. I find his early sf/horror films to be near-miss classics though, despite the fact that they really are scratching and clawing their way towards quality. "Q" is one of those movies that I always wanted to love, but this crap is just too violent for my taste. I suppose if seeing a man cut open from the chest on down spells "good times" to you, then you might like this, but I actually thought that the violence spoils the story in this case. Why have all this blood when we have a winged beast to watch? I was also disappointed in this crap because it wasn't scary or intense enough. Yeah, it was violent--but not scary, even in the apartment-invasion scene toward the end where the cult member holds up Moriarty at knife-point. This was simply not working. That being said, it does have good economical sense, a good cast, and a fun set-up. But why the story wasn't better worked out and developed is a mystery. This could have been good. The actual lizard in the movie looks like a lizard face, not the demonic beast on the cover!
The DVD is good, with a commentary by Bill Lustpig and L. Cohen, but it is more of a case of Lustpig complimenting Cohen for his economic practicality than for his storytelling abilities (I agree with him for the most part, but this gets silly after a while, and since he made "Maniac" I think you understand what I mean). I still can't forgive Cohen though for discovering Bruce Willis, like that's going to be something to put on his tombstone.