Q (1982, USA) C-93m. *** D: Larry Cohen. Starring Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree, James Dixon, Mary Louise Weller, Bruce Carradine. One of B-movie icon Cohen's best films, this AIP-produced horror film is about a South American cult, which commits ritualistic murders and has resurrected a winged serpent - in the middle of Manhattan! Moriarty plays a small-time crook, who incidentally stumbles into the creature's lair and intends to cash in on it. Uneven performances (excluding Moriarty's great turn), but script is interesting and pace agreeable. For B-movie fans. Written and produced by Cohen, whose story served as an inspiration for another 'Q', Quentin Tarantino, who borrowed the diamond-heist premise for RESERVOIR DOGS (1992) from this film. Also known as SERPENT, and THE WINGED SERPENT.

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