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Q: The Winged Serpent dvd review

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MONSTERS, INC. Manhattan is terrorized by a stop-motion-mutant in Q: The Winged Serpent
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Q: The Winged Serpent

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
93 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/29/82
performer:
David Carradine, Candy Clark, Michael Moriarty
director:
Larry Cohen
distributor:
Shout Factory
author:
Larry Cohen
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a B

For every movie that’s so bad it’s good, there are 10 that are so bad they’re abysmal. Fortunately, the work of B-movie maestro Larry Cohen is often worthwhile on its own terms, even if those terms are cheesy, cheeky, and made for the price of a fountain soda. Case in point: Q: The Winged Serpent (1982, 1 hr., 33 mins., R). This giant-monster flick puts every cent of its microbudget on the screen. (You can now appreciate the lo-fi charm on Blu-ray.) Set in Manhattan and grounded by a surprisingly multifaceted performance from Cohen’s pet actor, Michael Moriarty (starring as an ex-junkie bank robber who seems to have been beamed in from another movie), Q offers up plenty of funny-gruesome carnage, courtesy of its stop-motion beastie, an incarnation of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. Some of Cohen’s other films ā€” e.g., It’s Alive and The Stuff, about a mutant infant and killer yogurt, respectively ā€” are worth checking out as paragons of schlock par not-quite-excellence. There are few EXTRAS on Q’s Blu-ray, but spend some time with the director’s commentary for insight into how to make a great bad movie. B

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