Uncut - 08/01/2005
"Michael Moriarty's role as a small-time crook is unmissable. A guilty pleasure."
Larry Cohen, widely regarded as a master of exploitation and cult horror, tackles the monster movie in Q - THE WINGED SERPENT. Here, an ancient terror in the form of an Aztec dragon, Quetzlcoatl, perpetrates a series of bizarre slayings in New York City. The police at first believe the reports of sightings and deaths are the result of ordinary crank calls, and it's up to an ex-con piano player who knows the monster's lair -- the Chrysler Building -- to save the city!
A New York loser indebted to the mob finds an unlikely ally in a flying prehistoric creature nesting atop a skyscraper. The NYPD investigates eyewitness accounts of a gargantuan winged serpent in Manhattan and a string a senseless "ritual" killings. Against this backdrop, ex-junkie Jimmy Quinn finds work as a getaway driver for the mafia. One heist goes awry, so Jimmy hides out at the Chrysler Building's apogee. There, he sees "Q" -- an Aztec god-beast that has been feasting on window cleaners and apartment residents. Then Jimmy gets a bloody good idea...
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