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No one can really pronounce or spell Quetzalcoatl, so the movie is just called Q, AKA Q: The Winged Serpent, and it's what happens when the American B-movie industry attempts a giant monster film in 1982. A B-movie it may be, but it's a GOOD B-movie. Director Larry Cohen doesn't blow his wad on monster effects early, replacing them with what B-movies are good at, like gore and badass cops (here played by David Carradine and Richard Roundtree), before going all Harryhausen on us (old-fashioned, but fun). Though the cops are on the trail of the Aztec cultists who have summoned the totally unfeathered Feathered Serpent God, our actual protagonist is an ex-junky (Michael Moriarty) who knows where it roosts and holds it over New York City's head because it makes him feel important. So the plot's unusual and that definitely plays in Q's favor. It might just have been an ordinary creature feature if Cohen hadn't infused it with so much texture. New York locations are well used, every character has their moment even the day players, and there are plenty of fun gags and lines. You can do a lot with a little if you CARE.
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This movie ranks #344 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #556 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?