What I like about Q. You hold me tight, yeah. Never want to let
you go girl you make me feel all....Sorry couldn't resist...Q
dammit, Q. Larry Cohen, that Q. Michael Moriarty, that Q. Shaft
and Kung Fu, that damn Q.
Okay, this a a switch-a-roo for me, not much plot synopsis, Q,
you have to see it yourself. Q, short for Quetzalcoatl, is a big
old prehistoric bird-type winged serpent thing that is actually
an Aztec GOD. It is hovering around NYC, snapping head and not
taking names. There is a rash of ritualistic killing going on
around the same time, David Carradine and Richard Roundtree are
on the case, by god. Michael Moriarty is a small time cracker
hood with a old drug addiction that he has kicked who needs to
score some dough so he hooks up with some ruffians as the driver
during a diamond heist. At Neil Diamonds. No shit. There enough.
This is one of those reviews where I just lets you know why you
have to see this thing.
First off Cohen's use of NYC as a character in the film. Yes,
I mean it NYC is one of the best actors in a cast that has some
good actors. How many piss-poor locations do you see for films
produced on a meager budget? "Shot on location in Shitwa',
Canada" "Filmed entirely in Piss Falls, Indiana."
The cost of filming in NYC these days, fucking forget it. Cohen
manages to add a dumptruck full of grit to this story, due the
fact that Q is attacking victims in NYC. Cohen claims the main
idea for the movie was the Chrysler Building, with its incredible
architecture and big bird head appendages, consequently, Q nests
there and is ultimately found by Moriarty's character Jimmy Quinn.
NYC is seen in that "real" city way, crowded, bustling
and when blood comes raining down on the heads and shoulders of
folks on their way to do whatever, it seems, well, "real."
I have seen reviews of Q where dumbasses always mention the special
effects, and the cheesiness of these effects, fuck off, I don't
have to see a CG (godammned Computer Generated) flying bird to
enjoy the movie, Q does have the Harryhausen-look, it is stop-motion
animated during the flying sequences, so the fuck what? Cohen
utilizes the city for Q to cast giant shadows on, we see the city
and Q's victims below through Q's POV in many instances and damn
you, it is effective. So to summarize, give NYC best supporting
actor on this one.
Michael Moriarty as Jimmy Quinn. As I ponder Moriarty's performance...I'd
be hard pressed to think of a much better one in a so-called Bad
Movie. As organic as a healthy shit but no where near as stinky,
Moriarty IS Quinn, mumbled lines, impromptu piano
noodlin' (Moriarty treats us to some scat, no not that kind, that
Cohen threw in as a favor to Moriarty's jazz combo he was jamming
with at the time), sweating and major pontification all make Jimmy
Quinn one of the most lovable losers ever to grace some celluloid.
When Quinn spouts "Right now, I am the most important man
in New York City!" I want to stand up with tears in my eyes
and clap til my palms bleed. Michael Moriarty, ladies and gentlemen..
Humor, yes that is right, although this is not a comedy it has
some great lines courtesy of Larry Cohen. All of Cohen's film
work has a satirical spin from the brilliant God Told Me To, to
It's Alive and my favorite The Stuff, Cohen predates the trend
to have the killer say something funny before or after killing
and opts most of the time to have his characters make jokes that
seem fairly, well, natural. David Carradine delivers most of the
gems in Q. We are treated to lines about cantaloupes being dropped
40 stories, lines about willing sacrifice victims, lines butchering
the pronunciation of the word Quetzalcoatl and lots more little
humorous nuggets. And the whole notion of Carradine's detective
character writing up a report blaming murders in New York on an
Aztec GOD, shit, is it safe to say, less than conventional.
All along the way, we are treated to one original scene after
another with much of the film playing like a Reservoir Dogs Meets
Mothra during authentic Egyptian Feast ALA' Blood Feast. Steve
Bushemi ain't got shit on Moriarty's performance and Tarantino's
New York couldn't carry Cohen's New York's jock to the cock fight.
If you think you could possibly like a film that bashs religion,
praises low-budget criminals, has a flying bird monster, shows
pigeons eating human flesh, has both Kung Fu and Shaft in the
cast, shows some awesome cult flayings and has the balls to sport
dialogue like, "My God, with a wingspan like you're talking
about here, that thing could fly miles into New York City every
day. And it would do that of course, you know, because New York
is famous for good eating." Then Q is be being for you. Q,
you want fries with that?
|The Chrysler Building,
the inspiration for Q!
|Another great Larry
|Okay, insert "head"
|here's one for the
ladies in the hizouse!
Gestapo Black Exploitation?
From Tobacco Row It's Good!
Squad Join Today!
Meateater Do Not Touch!
Stranger Run Run Opie!
House On Hwy 5 Sheesh!
Locked Doors It's Dirty!
Massacre Some Like It.
Pussy It had to be done
Alley It is Rock.
Woman Truck. Woman.
Freak A Classic for You!
Geek Bigfoot Porn
School Ghosthustlers Wow!
Island You Must See!
Not that kinda Cock!
Alienator Feeling Alienated?
Island Vanity and the Beast
Spree Tim Ritter's $0 budget wonder
Prof. Tread still can't sleep.
Tramp She is sumpin' else.
Footmen Tire You...? Heavy religiosity!
Knievel Evel of Course!
Killing Of A Chinese Bookie! Smart Guy.
Pink Angels Gayness, and Bikes
Burning The 80's, ahhh the 80's.
- The Winged Serpant! Larry Cohen rules!
For Your Life! WARNING Racist content
Tall Buford Pusser in the Hizouse!
Camp Internet Geeks Unite!
Losers Ya Loser!
of the Mutilated Bro. George gets busy.
Me An Angel Gal Biker and more.
Grim Reaper Reap on.
One of William Girdler's triumphs.
At Dawn A Modern Classic.
Boy Carradine, Dress, Dourif!
Hollywood Rape-Slaughter Rare expose'.
Savage Weekend. Take
Dead and Buried.
A Should-be Classic.
Summer In Barefoot County. PeeUww!
Night Train To
Terror Choo Choo!
Drink Your Blood Glug, glug!
Russ Meyer and breasts!
Stop Women Honnnk HonnnnK!
Deadly Darling! Pigs!
the Germ Fighter! Clean up!
Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast? Why?!
County Express! Glug, Glug!
The Night God Screamed!
White Dog Racists
City Slickers get offed!
Times Five Sean MacGregor's Titantic!
at the Red Wolf Inn Burp!
Eyes See It
Greatest Sinner One of the best!
Baby! Goo Goo!
Camp Nightmare Viva the Revolution!
of the Beast Creatures Booga!
Play Dead Incest craziness!
of Death Vacation madness!
Come, Evil Go! Bye, Bye Sinners!
Strutters Get Black Sucker!
Pretty Eddie Deep South Craziness!
Golem Jewish Folklore or what?
NYC Apartment Blues
To Kill A Clown
Alan Alda Vietnam Vet!
Spook Who Sat Next To The Door Booya!
Woke Up Early The Day I Died Mr. Ed Wood.
Mutilation Man Andy Copp goes arty on us!
People Across The Lake Good TV!
Woman Hunt Load Up Gents.
Devil At You Heels Daring Devil.
Are The Damned Dammit!
Farm TV movie Classic!