Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Q - Larry Cohen - "The Winged Serpent" (1982)

So.... Out with the old and in with the older! Good-bye 2015, Hello 1982!
This is obviously the beginning of The End!

I used to watch "Q" in the late 80's on the boob tube, probably on USA Network if I had to guess, since I can't quite remember anymore, and I don't know exactly why, but I always liked this stupid movie! Let's see if we can figure it out!
Try these two minutes on for size!

Maybe "Q" is a cult classic! I don't know, I don't have time to look into stuff like that, but if it isn't, then it damn well should be! 
Detective partners Richard (SHAFT) Roundtree and David (Kung Fu) Carradine might give you a clue as to why!

"Q" is pretty gory! They go from skinning this bird in a restaurant to skinning a human in a hotel room!

The guys in the background of that skinning scene are thieves talking about their upcoming job! The odd man in the trio is big time loser Jimmy Quinn as portrayed by Michael Moriarty!
Mal-adjusted, misinformed, and misunderstood, Jimmy Quinn is supposed to be the getaway driver in an upcoming jewelry heist, but when he is forced to go inside, it doesn't go well at all! Michael Moriarty is what makes this movie work!

Meanwhile people on the rooftops of buildings in the city keep disappearing one by one!

Shades of "Bloodfreak," it's Chicken Boy!

Have you ever been shit on by a pigeon or an owl flying overhead? Well that's nothing compared to blood dropping from out of the skies!

I ain't no big city slicker, so I had no idea that there was a jewelry store named Neil Diamonds!
I thought he only wrote songs!

Look to the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane! No, it's a big winged serpent ready to eat your ass, and bite your head off!

Nobody ever sees the serpent because it uses the sun as a block, and nobody knows where it comes from or goes to except Jimmy Quinn when he stumbles onto the nest while he's trying to hide after the botched stickup! Jimmy's scared of everything except heights!

A high rise construction worker gets picked off at lunch time!

David Carradine needs a lot of cigarettes and an issue of Playboy to try and figure out this whole Quetzalcoatl thing!

I love Candy (The Man Who Fell To Earth) Clark as Jimmy Quinn's frustrated lover!

I never could figure out whether "Q" was intended to be a comedy, or if it just turned out that way, like in the scenes with the white face undercover cop and the black detective!

It's pretty hard to get a good shot of the monster, he's on and off camera so fast for the vast majority of the film! This isn't too bad!!

Just like Chicken Boy, there's other shots of big bird imagery in the city to help the viewer understand how this could all be happening!

Outside of Japan, most filmmakers had given up on making monster movies by the 1980's, so I give writer, director, producer Larry Cohen and his cronies a lot of kudos in that department!

One of the losers in the final shootout!

50,000 rounds later, the giant winged serpent is just a memory!

 Uh, Oh! There was more than one nest!
 I don't understand how these things work, but for some reason you can watch "Q" unencumbered on YouTube! What can I say? That's a fantastic deal!
Happy Freakin' Nuke Year!!!

4 comments:

Enrico Teodorani said...

Happy New Year!

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Thanx Enrico! And a Felice Anno Nuovo to you too!!

Grant said...

I was never a great MATLOCK viewer, but that didn't prevent me from seeing it casually dozens of times, so it was interesting to see the actress Nancy Stafford (the prosecutor on that show) as the first victim.

MDG14450 said...

Cohen's commentary on the disk (and streaming from Shout Factory) is hilarious. A lot of insight into shooting low budget in NYC in the 70s-80s.

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