No, it’s not an obscure but terrifying poetic form, it’s Q, the Winged Serpent, the Greatest Movie EVER!
Review in a Nutshell: This movies is BAD. Really, really bad. No, I’m serious. It’s bad. Even the presence of David Carradine and Richard Roundtree cannot salvage this film.
On the plus side, Claymation dragon-dinosaur.
Awesome it’s Q with Law and Order’s Michael Moriarty. And his A.D.A. from that show played the crackdealer in Shakedown.
Ah, good old Boris Vallejo strikes again.
His pictures are never fully representative of the content inside.
And you always get the feeling everything the movie writer knew about mythological X came strait out of an encyclopedia blurb.
Ebert gave it 2.5 stars? Wow, further reason to hate the tubby bastard.
Hmmm, how does one begin to defend a film as indefensibly dumb as Q? I don’t know. Part of it may be the fact that I saw it in the theater. It was also one of the first movies we ever rented when my family got a VCR (Betamax!). There was only one video rental store in all of Louisville (it shared space with a computer store that sold a lot of submarine simulator games for the TRS-80), and you had to get on a waiting list for most of the movies (including Q!). Having childhood association with it probably makes it more palatable.
I disagree with you about Larry Cohen not being smart enough to know when he’s making a joke, especially when he’s working with David Carradine, who had a wickedly good sense of humor about the kinds of movies he was doing in the 70s and 80s. Cohen’s Black Caesar is an exceptionally good film. I think how you feel about whether Cohen knew how goofy his movie was is key to how much you can enjoy it.
Other than that, I suppose it’s just a matter of taste. I find the acerbic wit and generally silliness of the film appealing, but this is not a case where I can feign shock that someone wouldn’t like the movie.
I miss the days when stuff like this played in movie theaters. And I still can’t believe my folks took me to see it.
I did want to do a remake of the movie. I think it’s prime material. Then I decided I’d rather spend my time trying to get Q vs. Blue Thunder off the ground.
Thank you for the awesome pod cast. I was having a bad day until I listened.
using a podcast about a cheesy movie to cheer up after a bad day. I like that. We should start a movement
Sorry to say it Keith, but if D-War and Reign of Fire have taught us anything it’s that we’re never going to get a real Dragon vs. Attack Helicopter movie.
I’m going to have to start pining for more attainable match-ups. Like Freddy Kruger vs. Hannibal Lecter or Grabboids vs. the Blood Beach monster.
I’m still holding out hoe that the Sci-Fi Channel will pick up my script for Cobra-Shark vs. Croco-Lion, or as its recently been retitled in light of the fact that Sci-Fi Channel loves colons in their titles, Cobra Shark: Venom of the Deep vs. Croco-Lion: Demon of the River: The Conflict.
Great podcast guys! Keep up the entertaining work.
thanks for the shout-out guys. Tell Sean I’ll let it go. This ONCE.
Its great to see Sean, my favorite co-host, back in action! I saw this film last summer and I agree with you all; it’s a total abortion. Keep up the good work!