Q: The Winged Serpent
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Michael Moriarity stars as Jimmy Quinn, an out of work piano man/small time criminal. It's so weird seeing him in a role like this, as I am used to seeing him on the TV show Law & Order as an ADA. In this movie, his character stumbles on the secret location of the beast's nest, and he tries to use that information to get money and the respect he thinks he deserves. While a criminal, I did feel a certain amount of sympathy for this character in the beginning, which evaporated rather slowly as the intoxication of power sets in, along with its' illusions. In the beginning, he was just some poor schlub who couldn't catch a break, but later on his true nature appeared. I read a quote once, I am not sure by who, that said something like 'to really see what's in a man's heart, give him some power'.
David Carradine plays a detective who's trying to solve a series of gruesome murders, and his investigation leads him into uncharted territories of the unknown. The deeper he gets, the more he butts heads with his supervisors, who would rather see things cleared up neatly and without any superstitious mumbo jumbo. Also look for Richard Roundtree, as Sergeant Powell, a cop wound a little too tight whose beliefs are based on what he can see and touch.
The actual creature does not get much screen time, but its' presence is noticeable throughout the movie.Read more ›
But when it played on HBO and CINEMAX, and syndicated TV, it was in. So I figured Anchor Bay will restore it, but they didnt! So if you still hvae the old cable, or even the syndicated TV print, DONT ERASE IT!
The titular Q is Quetzalcoatl, a flying serpentine god of the ancient Aztecs who has been summoned to modern-day Manhattan via bizarre sacrificial rituals performed by a contemporary Aztec priest. Since its arrival in The Big Apple borough, the humongous beastie has been swooping down on unsuspecting pedestrians, swimmers, and sunbathers and chowing down, but police are initially skeptical of the eye-witness reports of a giant flying reptile but are at a loss for any other explanation. Enter street thug and opportunist Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty). Having inadvertently stumbled across Q's nest, Quinn's willing to give that information to the cops--for a price.
The special FX in Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, especially the stop-motion animation of the serpent itself, are admittedly cheesy. But the FX aren't really the point as far as Cohen is concerned; they're just window dressing. Instead, with his usual satiric flair, Cohen uses the film to take some playful pokes at the modern Western lifestyle.Read more ›
Apparently human sacrifice and wearing around human flesh does weird things, so beware wary of people you see wearing anyone unfamiliar and, most certainly, don't sunbathe nude without plenty of photographic protection to alert you and your impressed neighbors of any winged god's presence. As a precaution, you should also obtain this classic buy survival guide and at least die smiling, knowing what ate you and how to nauseate it accordingly.
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This is a sort of tribute to movies of old. If you remember films like Them, or Tarantula, or any of the giant insect/monster movies of old, then you might be entertained by this... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Daniel
Whenever I say the title of this classic '82 monster flick/New York cop tale, it sounds to me like some director shouting during a rehearsal, "Cue the winged serpent! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monty Moonlight
This review is for the Blu-Ray edition of 'Q: The Winged Serpent'(1982) released in 2013 by Shout! Factory. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James C Girasa
Is this an update of that 1950s sci fi wreck THE GIANT CLAW?? OMG. Take a gangster movie and add some special effects. Moriarty however is great in this possible Cult Classic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by AlchemystAZ
Q: The Winged Serpent (Cohen): The most life-affirming monster movie ever made – Cohen understands his characters as people, not canon fodder, and so his focus on their amusingly... Read morePublished 9 months ago by AG