Tuesday, October 18, 2011
10-16-11: Look... up in the sky, it's a...it's a...it's a bird?
Q-The Winged Serpent (1982) *** D: Larry Cohen. Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree
While investigating a series ritual killings, a detective begins to wonder if there is any connection to the rumors about a giant winged serpent that has been sighted around the city. Meanwhile, a petty thief runs afoul of some criminals and stumbles across something while trying to hide.
Q, plain and simple, is a fun monster movie. Leave all logic at the door and just enjoy the show.
As absurd as the story is, the actors just throw themselves into the role and you buy the fact that a giant monster is assaulting NYC. The visual effects are old school stop-motion creature effects. The creature looks fantastic. Again, logically you'd wonder how anyone couldn't have seen this thing before considering how big it is but whatever.
The performances are quirky and campy. The film is more funny then scary which I'm sure was intended. The banter between Moriarty and Carradine is very funny.
The humor in the film makes it an enjoyable ride. The creature looks great. Despite being nearly 30 years old it still holds up as a memorable genre piece from the '80s.