Q (1982)

USA, 1982
35mm film, Panavision, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Larry Cohen.

Plot Summary

In New York a giant flying lizard has been picking off unwary sunbathers. While police struggle to make sense of the situation, an ex-con stumbles upon the monster’s lair and spots an opportunity to get rich quick.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Larry Cohen
© MCMLXXXII [1982] Larco Productions, Inc.
Samuel Z. Arkoff presents a Larco production. A Larry Cohen film
Executive Producers: Dan Sandburg, Richard De Bona
Produced by: Larry Cohen
Associate Producer: Paul Kurta
Written by: Larry Cohen
Photographed by: Fred Murphy
Edited by: Armond Lebowitz
Music by: Robert O. Ragland
Sound Mixer: Jeff Hayes
Wardrobe: Tim D’Arcy
Special Makeup: Dennis Eger, Steve Neill *, Rick Stratton *
Special Visual Effects by: David Allen, Randy Cook, Peter Kuran, Lost Arts Inc.

Michael Moriarty (Jimmy Quinn)
Candy Clark (Joan)
David Carradine as Shepard
Richard Roundtree (Powell)
Lee Louis (Lt. Banyon)
Fred J. Scollay (Capt. Fletcher)
James Dixon (Lt Murray)
Malachy McCourt (commissioner)
Bruce Carradine (the victim)
Peter Hock (Det. Clifford)
Ron Cey (Det. Hoberman)
Mary Louise Weller (Mrs Pauley)
John Capodice (Doyle)
Tony Page (Webb)
Larkin Ford (curator)
Larry Pine (the professor)
Eddie Jones (the watchman)
Shelly Desai (Kahsa)
Fred Morsell (first robber)
Ed Kovens (second robber)

Alternative Titles

American Monster – West German title
Bird Over New York – Dutch video title
Epouvante sur New-York – French title
Q the Winged Serpent
Il serpente alato
– Italian title
La serpiente voladora – Spanish title
The Winged Serpent


British Board of Film Censors Monthly List June 1984 p.2 – note
Cinefantastique vol.13 no.4 (April/May 1983) p.57
Creative Screenwriting vol.4 no.3 Autumn 1997) pp.52-59 – illustrated interview with Larry Cohen (Making guerilla films: Larry Cohen speaks out by Tony Williams)
Empire no.193 (July 2005) p.168 – DVD review (RWD: Q: The Winged Serpent by Justin Bowyer)
Empire no.203 (May 2006) pp.124-128 – illustrated article (Attack of the killer B’s!)
Fangoria no.227 (October 2003) p.72 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Matthew Gingold)
Film Score Monthly vol.3 no.9 (October/November 1998) p.47 – illustrated review (Hallowe’en horrors by Andy Dursin)
Films and Filming no.341 (February 1983) p.31
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.no.590 (March 1983) pp.62-63
Screen International no.385 (12 March 1983) p.24
Time Out no.655 (11 March 1983) p.41 – review
Variety 26 May 1982 p.1

American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.392-393
The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.383-384Beasts and Behemoths: Prehistoric Creatures in the Movies by Roy Kinnard pp.155-157
The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.457Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.216
Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.272-274 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.284-285
The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.567-571
Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.85-86 – credits, review