FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Q the Winged Serpent

Q, or Q the Winged Serpent, sees shlockmaster Larry Cohen at the height of his high-concept powers. The 1982 film concerns the exploits of a giant flying lizard (the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, naturally) that nests in the famed Chrysler building for an extended vacation of killing native New Yorkers. A pair of cops (played by genre favorites David Carradine and Richard Roundtree) investigating an Aztec murder cult are drawn into the winged serpent’s path, and from there things get appropriately nutty.But the true highlight of the film is a whacked-out performance by Cohen’s main man Michael Moriarty as a diamond thief who longs for a career as a jazz pianist. Like all giant monster flicks this demands to be seen on the big screen, so come celebrate with us for a rare theatrical showing.

Dir. Larry Cohen, 1982, 35mm, 93 min.

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