Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)

Written and directed by Larry Cohen.  Starring Michael Moriarty, David Carradine, Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree, James Dixon, Malachy McCourt and Fred J. Scollay.

Plot: Quetzalcoatl, an Aztec deity and man-eating, flying serpent, hunts and kills in New York City.

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Jimmy (Moriarty) is a flunky running from the cops and from some of his fellow goons, when he finds a monster’s lair in a NY skyscraper.  He’s whiny and stupid and not a hero.  Meanwhile, the cops (led by Carradine and Roundtree) find out that the people dying probably have to do with this Aztec thing, but it is about a god or about a monster?  Is it someone or something?  Turns out, it’s both.

The movie is interesting, but mostly it’s silly.  Like, when they finally find the guy and it takes forever to kill him.  They shoot him like 57 times before he goes down and even then it’s so melodramatic.  I think that’s the best word for the entire film: melodramatic.  We didn’t really like it and it certainly wasn’t frightening enough for us to recommend to anyone.

Our score: 36.

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