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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius low budget movie making
ok, so you have Caine from Kung Fu and Shaft as a couple of cops-which is very cool- but the dude who steals the film, from them and from the titular giant wing'ed flying beast, is Michael Moriarty as a scat-singing nervy ex-junkie and very smalltime thief, Jimmy Quinn, who attempts to turn the discovery of the monster's lair at the top of the Chrysler Building to his own...
Published on 23 April 2006 by Andy H

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3.0 out of 5 stars Q is only half of what you're paying for
Want a flying serpent flying over New York, racking up a huge body count, mauling everything in it's path? You'll be disappointed if you jump in expecting that to be the whole game. Our girl Q, short for Quetzlcoatl but I'm sure you knew that, takes a backseat to the story of Moriarty, a one-time burglary loser whose newest job goes sideways when he can't find the keys...
Published on 6 Sept. 2010 by P. J. Potter


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius low budget movie making, 23 April 2006
ok, so you have Caine from Kung Fu and Shaft as a couple of cops-which is very cool- but the dude who steals the film, from them and from the titular giant wing'ed flying beast, is Michael Moriarty as a scat-singing nervy ex-junkie and very smalltime thief, Jimmy Quinn, who attempts to turn the discovery of the monster's lair at the top of the Chrysler Building to his own advantage... Moriarity's super intense performance raises this film to another level and, I swear, Kevin Spacey must've been making notes from this before he turned in his performance as Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects

The effects aren't great but I actually dug them to the wall-to-wall (and equally obvious) CGI guff most movies are chockful of nowadays

It's also worth bearing in mind this movie is deliberately comic... albeit of a rather nasty tone

Larry Cohen, the writer/director, has carved out a significant body of 'must see' low budget movies (Black Caeser; Hell Up In Harlem; The Stuff; the It's Alive and Maniac Cop movies, to name but a few) and Q, The Winged Serpent is no exception

wildly entertaining and not a little nuts
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Q: The Winged Serpent (1982), 13 May 2012
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Jimmy Quinn is a failed jewel thief who happens across the nest of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, or The Winged Serpent. But 'just call it Q, that's all you'll have time to say before it rips you apart!' (the film's tagline).

Q has been resurrected by a cult working out of New York City and nows soars the skies, negotiating the skyscrapers, and plucking its victims at random, taking them back to its nest at the top of the Chrysler Building to feed. Plenty of gore here, as it takes the head from a window cleaner, attacks a topless roof-bather, and picks off construction workers. The skies rain blood on the people below. Jimmy Quinn, meanwhile, tries to blackmail various people in the city for the information on the creature and its lair. The police are looking for a maniac who skins people. Does this all add up to one big mystery? Find out in the finale, as the NYC police battle Q: the Winged Serpent.

Considering the small budget and the fact that this film was shot in 1982, nearly thirty years ago, the effects are not THAT bad. I've seen worse. To appreciate Larry Cohen's films, one has to understand that there is a level of humor laced with horror and fantasy. Cohen, known both as an auteur and gorilla filmmaker, is the writer, director, and producer of Q. The soundtrack is scored by Robert O. Ragland (The Supernaturals (1986) et al). This particular review is of the Region 2 Anchor Bay release and I can confirm it comes with a few decent extras and a chapter booklet that also serves as a reversible mini poster of the original poster art; and it is housed in an attractive slipcase.

Cast: Michael Moriarty, David Carradine, Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree, and James Dixon. Michael Moriarty starred in four Cohen films during the 1980s: Q: the Winged Serpent (1982), The Stuff (1985), It's Alive 3: the Island of the Alive (1987), and A Return to Salem's Lot (1987). The latter film is loosely based on the Stephen King novel and miniseries, Salem's Lot (1979).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B Movie heaven, 4 May 2007
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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I saw this at the cinema in 1982 and enjoyed it then. Now I get the DVD to see it again after 25 years and its still good. The script is pretty good, witty and OK occasionally a bit clunky.

The cast are excellent. Carradine is cool, Richard Roundtree is believeable and best of all Michael Moriarty is nuts! You wouldn't believe this was the same actor who co-starred in Eastwoods 'Pale Rider' four years later. In that film he was a dignified decent man, here he is an odious small time time crook who accidently discovers the beast of the title. Its a brilliant performance that raises the film to a higher level.

Larry Cohen the director and writer makes full use of New Yorks dramatic buildings with some great ariel photography. Q itself now looks completely unrealistic as the special effects available for a low budget movie in 1982 were very limited. It really doesn't matter though.

My only criticism is the quality of transfer on the DVD. Its not bad, but its not great either. Probably its the best available but I suspect they could have done better with a digital remaster.

However with the extras, which include a commentary from the director and some interesting DVD-ROM material this is a fine release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Monster Movie., 30 Sept. 2012
If you love an old fashioned monster movie, this is a must for you. No CGI here just a terrifying stop motion winged serpent biting off heads and terrorising a city as all good monsters should. Great cast and story. At this price, treat yourself to an unsung gem of a film.
Hastings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Turkey, 30 Jun. 2013
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You know those films, usually made in Florida, that spend 70% of their running time showing muscle bound actors looking at computers trying to figure out where the giant octopus/ shark/ penguin came from? Well, Q is not one of them films.
Like CHUD, you can tell Q was made by people who love making movies and if nobody else gets the joke, the hell with them. Don't misunderstand, this is not as show-stoppingly excellent as some make out, but it is much more enjoyable than, say, a Transformer movie. However, there is another reason for recommending Q, and that is the directors commentary.
If you are interested in the (low budget) film-making process, this is the bird for you. I don't want give too much away but according to Cohen, this was filmed in 18 days and cost $1.1 million. Michael Bay would devour that in scene 1 and the result would still be mindless empty tripe.
Q is a film about people getting the job done, made by people who know how to get the job done.
"Maybe his head just came loose and fell off!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Quetzalcoatl I know., 21 Jun. 2015
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Q: The Winged Serpent [Blu-ray] [1982] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
People are losing their heads and other body parts. Meanwhile across town other people lose their hearts and some fillet of soul. Go figure how this is related to a jewelry heist. It is a towering story.

You have to really be enamored with cheap cheesy dialogue the movies to even stomach watching this film. If you find that you do like watching this type of film that you might be interested in knowing that it was directed by. Lawrence G. "Larry" Cohen (born July 15, 1941); he is well known for this B movie (usually police procedural) type movie. They did not do such a good job of hiding the strings holding up the flapping Q. To continue it has really ratty back ground music as "Let's fall apart" by Andy Goldmark.

Oh for the DVD techies there are some extras as:
Commentary with Writer/Director/Producer Larry Cohen (March 2003)
Teaser
Poster & Still Gallery
Larry Cohen Bio
Q Memorabilia (DVD-ROM)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..CULT CLASSIC MOVIE..", 24 April 2012
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S. Drury "SDX-800" (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This is a monster movie gem! It's pretty low budget but is totally brilliant, the cast is great; the story is pretty unbelievable but is great for the time this was made. I remember watching this on TV as a kid and it amazed me then and it still does. Worth a watch indeed if your into low budget B-movie monster films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's oddball fun., 24 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Q: The Winged Serpent [Blu-ray] [1982] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
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Really nice homage to the creature feature which has its clay-mation monster. Its a mish mash of dirty harry meets ray harry hausen. Sounds bizarre then that's just what it is makes a nice companion piece with the Stuff which is hilarious and by the same director.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic monster madness, 25 Oct. 2008
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People are starting to lose their heads in New York. Literally. Dectective Shepherd(David Carradine) not has only that to content with but the discovery of a freshly skinned corpse in a bedroom. There are also sightings of a huge creature flying through the sky. Meanwhile, small time career criminal Jimmy Quinn(Michael Moriaery is bullied into being a getaway driver in a diamond heist. When the robbery goes wrong, Quinn flees the scene of the crime, and ends up discovering a half eaten corpse and a huge egg in the roof of the building he's hiding in. What strange creature is terrorising the population of New York and can anybody stop it from killing again?
This is a wonderful film. First of all the title creature looks great, swooping down to attack its victims. Director Cohen makes great use of the High Rise buildings of New York, just like he did in God Told Me To.
The cast are all excellent. Carradine is great as the policeman who delves into Aztec mythology to find answers to the baffling case. Richard Roundtree is also good as the straight laced cop Seargent Powell.
However this film belongs to Moriarty's barnstorming turn as the anti-hero Quinn. He's a constantly moving bag of nerves, and the scenes when he finally finds himself in a powerful situation, holding all the aces, are skillfully handled.
The late 70's and early 80's were a fertile ground for a new breed of monster movie. We got Alligator, Pirahna and Jaws-classics all. This film belongs right up there next to them. 5 OUT OF 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Creature Feature!!, 19 Mar. 2015
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80's creature feature with a sprinkling of good acting and big names of the time. Q The Winged Serpent is a typical creature feature of its time. The story line is a bit patchy, some of the actors are a bit silly (Micheal Moriarty, acts out of his skin, all be it in a crazy way!), some great one liners and the SFX could be better. But that is what makes it so special. If creature feature/b-movies and the like are you thing, you need this in your collection. I have the Anchor bay release, great box and cardboard sleeve, with more extras than I could wish for.
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