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Q: The Winged Serpent [Blu-ray] [Import]
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A winged aztec serpent (named quetzacoatl after an aztec god who was half reptile and half bird) escapes from its manhattan skyscraper lair and perpetrates a series of bizarre slayings. //
OK, who's Q, anyway? "Q" is short for Quetzacoatl, an enormous winged serpent and Aztec deity who's called back to life after a series of ritual human sacrifices in Manhattan. It takes a lot to keep a critter like Q satisfied, so he flies around and lops the heads off sunbathers, window washers and swimmers as handily as popping grapes off the vine. The police are confounded by the murders, decapitated bodies (blood rains from the skies on NYC denizens) and Q-sightings. The solution comes in the unlikely form of Jimmy (Michael Moriarty), a petty thief. After a heist goes bad, he hides from his cronies in the uppermost spires of the Chrysler Building and stumbles on the giant bird's nest and egg. He leads the NYPD up to the lair for a big showdown with Q, but it's not quite as easy as anybody thought, of course. Director/screenwriter Larry Cohen was one of the more inventive, original voices of Seventies B-movies, with credits that include God Told Me To, Black Caesar, It's Alive!, Hell Up in Harlem and The Stuff. With Q, Cohen put together an interesting, entertaining mix of Fifties sci-fi homage (complete with great stop-motion special effects for the terrifying beast), action movie, and crime drama. It also touches on the metaphysical question of how exactly one goes about killing off a god. It'd be difficult to think of a more compelling performance from Moriarty; as the piano-playing, scat-singing small-time crook Jimmy, he's repellent and sleazy. However, he's struck on something that will give him 15 minutes to bask in the spotlight ("I'm the most important man in New York!", he gloats) and give him a chance to redeem himself and save thousands of lives. Moriarty brings a depth to the character that makes him absorbing, if not quite sympathetic, and gets to come across with the choice line, "Stick it up your brain! Your small little brain!". With plenty of humor, suspense, a gallon or two of gore, and great performances from Moriarty and David Carradine and Richard Roundtree as his cop nemeses, this is great, original, entertaining sci-fi fare. --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Q harkens back to the glory years when both Hollywood and Tokyo regularly released films that featured the squashing flat of cities populated by panic-stricken residents who seem unable to dodge mountains of building rubble falling on their heads. What Director Cohen has done is to create a believable monster that JAWS-like, permits the audience to see the victims from the creature's own perspective. Further, the creepy over the top acting of Moriarity is perfect as the hood who has suffered from a life-long lack of respect, and in his opportunity to get the credit for bagging Q, now is sure that his ship has come in. He grins, rolls in eyes, bewails his fate, but beneath his antics, one can clearly see the hurt that has accumulated over the years.Read more ›
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I was lured to buy the DVD version of "Q" after reading some amazon costumers' reviews. However, once I saw the film, I had to conclude they greatly overrated it. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003
I first saw this movie 19 years ago, and brother it was awful. I thought it was a cheap add for shaving cream, it was amazing to discover it was an actual film. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003
Q is a fun, low budget thriller from B-movie auteur Larry Cohen. The premise is that an ancient Mexican God Quetzalcoatl has taken the form of a giant flying serpent and is living... Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by cookieman108
this DVD edition features a new commentary track by Larry Cohen and Bill Wastig(?) but once again Blue Underground fails to either subtitle or close caption the film. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003
One does not usually expect to find quality acting in a movie like this, but I was quite surprised.
David Carradine plays a policeman on the trail of two cases that seem... Read more
If you like outrageous humor, Q is simply irresistable. First, there's a giant mythic Aztec "serpent" which makes a habit of swooping down on unsuspecting New York... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2002 by Linda K. Brengle
Cute little film, half horror and half humor (they always seem to go together, for some reason), about a flying Aztec serpert living at the top of a skyscraper. Read morePublished on July 14 2002 by R. Wallace