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by Garon Cockrell
31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - Q: The Winged Serpent
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Oct. 4, 2013 5:20 p.m.

By Adam Ruhl

Q: The Winged Serpent is the first Scream Factory title Iím

reviewing that I had not seen the movie before now. Taking obscure horror

movies, restoring them to glory, and giving them back to the world is the

biggest reason I love Scream Factory and why I wanted to do these reviews. For

me they are reviving that old horror fan tradition of going to the local

independent video store, scanning the shelves full of old horror VHSís, and

gambling on finding a lost horror treasure. Each box had its own amazing, intriguing,

and often misleading artwork. It was teenage Friday night thrill that sadly

perished with the passing of the video store, but as you watch these Scream

Factory titles you can live a little of that thrill again. Now, on with the Q:

The Winged Serpent review, or as the box proclaims ďIts name is Quetzalcoatl...

just call it Q, that's all you'll have time to say before it tears you



Q: The Winged Serpent

The Film:

The Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, a giant winged serpent, sets up

a nest in the top of the Chrysler building and terrorizes New York. Detective

Shepard (David Carradine) is investigating a series of ritual Aztec sacrifices

that have been occurring around the city. Meanwhile, after a botched robbery,

Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty) flees to the spire of the Chrysler building and

stumbles upon Qís nest and the egg it holds. <>

Jimmy uses this knowledge to escape his criminal bosses and

trade the information to avoid jail time for his crimes. Q, is portrayed with a

lot of close ups of parts of the creature and stop motion that was dated even

when the movie was new. Itís still fun watching the monster pop up and carry

someone off in broad daylight (no one in New York seems to see Q until itís too

late). A lot of the detective story seems to be filler; however Moriarty turns

in a strong performance as Jimmy in a role that could have been lifted from

another movie.<>


The Disc:

This is advertised as part of the Scream Factory series but

my copy just has the Shout Factory logo on it. Likewise thereís no slip cover

and the art is just the original poster. It does have inside cover illustration

showing several other Q posters but I donít think itís meant to be reversed.

The transfer is beautiful, no dirt, crisp clean film grain,

and DTS sound. There is a weird yellow flicker along the right side during one

scene thatís distracting but it doesnít last long. The film stock used is very

much of the late 70ís, early 80ís era; the aerial footage reminds me strongly

of the opening of the old Dallas TV show.

The Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Larry Cohen<>

  • Teaser<>

  • Theatrical Trailer

The Specs:

  • 1080p Hi-Def widescreen 1.78:1

  •  DTS-HD Master Audio

  • English-only Audio & Subtitles.

  • Original Release: 1982

  •  Runtime: 92 minutes

  • Rated R<>


Final Grades:

Story: C / Most of the story just serves as a bridge between

Q eating people.

Presentation quality: A- / Clean and sharp but some spots

may suffer from in-camera flaws.

Scare factor: C- / The horror is almost campy by todayís


Gore Factor: B+ / Lots of fun decapitations and blood

falling on peopleís heads like bird poop.

Repeat view-ability: C / Itís got its moments but this one

is probably best watched with friends and a few beers.  

Special Features: C / Directorís Commentary, Trailer, and

Teaser make for a pretty light feature set.

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