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.
Conclusion: I frankly had forgotten what a weird little movie Q: The Winged Serpent is, and I mean that in only the best way. The film is both lurid and hilarious, disturbing and silly, predictable and completely unexpected. Moriarty's performance is certainly one of the most unforgettable that you're likely to see in a giant flying dragon film, and Carradine is really funny in a nicely understated way.
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.