Q: Winged Serpent: Return to 1982 movie 40 years later

King Kong and Godzilla are the eighth wonder of the world and the king of monsters respectively, but they are not the only kaiju in the area. There is Gorgo, a counterfeit British Godzilla; there is Gamera, the giant tortoise; is kaiju z Pacific rim; Rhedosaurus, from Ray Harryhausen The beast of 20,000 fathoms; and creation of clover fieldjust to name a few. But there’s another giant monster that should be on the radar of any dedicated kaiju fan – especially now on Halloween. Since Quetzalcoatl, since 1982 Q: The Winged Serpent, it’s not just a dirty take on the ’80s kaiju genre; is a classic slasher, only with a giant flying beast doing kills instead of a masked maniac.

Q: The Winged Serpentdirected by Larry Cohen, a filmmaker known for his charmingly schlock horror films such as: It lives and Stuff. Q it is no different, and despite the fact that at its center is a giant, time-lapse, cannibalistic dragon-like monster, the movie feels much more related to something like this Jason takes Manhattan than godjilla.

The eponymous winged snake is already out when Q begins. It’s New York of the 1980s, which means it’s dirty, dirty and dingy. When people spend the day – sunbathing topless on the roof of a Manhattan building as it is done, for example – a giant monster bursts in and devours them, dripping blood onto passersby on the ground as it flies away, back to its nest in the Chrysler Building. Most importantly (and surprisingly), no one on earth really sees the monster, even though it’s a bright cloudless day and there are literally thousands of people on the streets.

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The fact that the monster remains invisible for most of the movie makes no sense logistically, but it manages to give it a Q slasher atmosphere. The beast is a killer, one that comes and goes silently, and authorities initially don’t believe it exists. The tension builds and grows until the inevitable point where Quetzalcoatl’s existence can no longer be denied. (It’s funny that when people start to see a monster, they describe it as a “bird” which is wild because this gigantic, reptilian creature with four legs and wings is nothing like a bird. These people know the word “dragon.” They would just say it. dragon!)

Q it also contains blood levels, which is much more common in slasher movies than in kaiju, where usually the monster is too big for the visceral damage it inflicts on anyone to make a big difference. Godzilla tramples entire tanks or wipes out crowds with its atomic breath. He does not look out for topless women and does not allow their insides to sink to street level. Quetzalcoatl is.

It helps that there is also a human killer in the wild. David Carradine with Kung Fu and Kill Bill fame plays Detective Shepard, the only cop in the police force who thinks perhaps there is a connection between the giant Mesoamerican serpent attacking humans and a series of ritual murders that they link to the neo-Aztec cult. Q it is not particularly nuanced in its depiction of Aztec history and culture. (There is a scene where an expert tells Shepard about the Aztecs while standing in front of a museum exhibit clearly showing native artifacts from the Pacific Northwest. Fortunately, the expert has a line of dialogue where he admits that they are not Aztecs, of course, which seems to clearly indicate that this is just where Cohen and co could go round.) But the somewhat manual nature of the rituals that lead to the supernatural killer is familiar to slasher fans. Chucky has become a killer doll thanks to Voodoo, for example.

Four decades later and Q: The Winged Serpent is indeed a peculiarity, and not only because it is a slasher disguised as a kaiju movie. The second main character, Jimmy Quinn by Michael Moriarty, finds himself in a pantheon of extraordinary heroes. He is a low-level dirty criminal who really wants to be [checks notes] jazz musician, and when he discovers a monster’s nest in the Chrysler building, he demands $ 1 million in exchange for information. (He is in this position again because no one in the neighborhood that was then 1.5 million people saw the giant monster flying into one of the tallest buildings in the city in broad daylight.) they exist in a movie like this made exactly in this era.

Q: The Winged Serpent then it is in the valley. While it boasts a cool creature and some decent special effects, it’s no match for Godzillas, King Kongs, or any other top-tier kaiju. It doesn’t suit the Freddys, Jasons or Michael Myerses either. Instead, Quetzalcoatl nests in the middle, an interesting but fun niche.

Q: The Winged Serpent broadcasts for free on Pluto TV and Tubi.

Are you looking for more giant monsters? A few godjilla the films are now broadcast on Peacock.

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