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Q: The Winged Serpent

Director: Larry Cohen Run Time: 93 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1982

Starring: Candy Clark, David Carradine, Michael Moriarty, Richard Roundtree

Who will survive the attack of the ancient aztec god Q: THE WINGED SERPENT? A 35mm presentation.

It’s a bad summer to be a cop in New York City. First there’s a killer on the loose who’s leaving behind a trail of brutally mutilated bodies, then there’s a massive diamond heist across town, and on top of all of that, an ancient snake-bird starts snacking on the city’s finest rooftop sunbathers and underpaid window washers. The monster is Quetzalcoatl, an ancient Aztec god who’s taken roost inside the grungy, broken peak of the Chrysler Building. With the creature plucking up New Yorkers left and right, it’s up to the cops to storm the art-deco landmark and take the monster out before it can strike again.

Directed by sleaze-horror master Larry Cohen, Q: The Winged Serpent is chock full of unforgettable images: David Carradine waving a machine gun from the top of the Chrysler Building, cops spraying a dinosaur egg full of bullets, and a great deal of majestic cityscapes made complete by a silly looking claymation dragon flying into frame.

Part of Nitehawk’s July ANIMAL ATTACKS! midnite and brunch series.