Excerpt: Q is enjoyably dirty, a seedy vision of early ’80s New York populated with abrasive scum and sacrificial Aztec worshipers. In the mix is primitive god Quetzalcoatl, serpentine bird who scours blindingly sunny skies seeking to feed on unfortunate rooftop victims. Q comes billed as a genre monster flick, yet Larry Cohen writes and directs this grungy peering into low brow humanity as a crime picture, which happens to host a killer fowl.
Summary: Michael Moriarty is an actor who takes his work very seriously. There are stories galore floating around theater and film cognoscenti about Moriarty's devotion to his craft, which is a euphemism for his eccentricities, overbearing demeanor, and evidently just plain flat out weirdness some of the time. And so Moriarty might seem to be a rather odd fit for what would seem to be a low rent retread of a Grade B level monster movie.
Conclusion: A ridiculously over-the-top story about an ancient winged serpent terrorizing New York City is at the center of the hilariously bad 'Q: The Winged Serpent.' From filmmaker Larry Cohen, the movie could be enjoyed as some craftily sly, tongue-in-cheek homage to classic creature features, but much of the seriousness overpowers the potential for clever comedy.
Conclusion: Scream Factory gives us a little seen cult classic from the fabled year of 1982. It’s a solid Saturday matinee kind of film that definitely puts character development over its monster. Even though the monster is pretty scarce, its 2 cops playing off each other, the lead’s great performance and the gore effects provide solid enough entertainment that you might not even notice the title character is missing for big chunks of time.
Excerpt: [click on the thumbnail to enlarge] "Just your good old fashioned monster." A perpetual failure of a wheelman (Michael Moriarty) loses a fortune in diamonds and winds up in the crosshairs of murderous thugs. Stumbling upon something resembling power for the first time in his life, the guy slaughters his enemies and extorts a cool million from the city of New York. That's a movie right there.
Excerpt: To quote a tagline from another horror movie, "New York has a new problem." A dragon-like beast named Quetzalcoatl (an ancient Aztec God) has taken up residence in the New York City Chrysler building, erecting a nest where it can hatch its little Q-lings. Once in a while the flying monstrosity swoops down and chomps the head of a poor unsuspecting bystander, and this gets a couple of policemen ( Kill Bill 's David Carradine and Shaft 's Richard Roundtree) involved in the...