Q, the Winged Serpent (1982)
(Not the James Bond character. Unfortunately)
Written and Directed by Larry Cohen
Starring Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, Richard Roundtree...
A very... strange film. A bizarre combination of cop drama and monster movie, with a weird sense of humour.
The plot involves a series of bizarre deaths that lead a detective to believe that someone has resurrected the Aztec deity, Quetzelcoatl (I think I spelled that wrong, but who's going to know?), by means of human sacrifice. And then there's this small time crook and his girlfriend...
Anyway, it's pretty entertaining, well written, nicely paced, but I kept wondering what the hell I was watching. It almost felt like a longer, weirder, dirtier episode of The Night Stalker (which I guess is a shorter, serial version of The Night Stalker, but I confuse myself).
The stop motion beastie was really quite fantastic, but it wasn't used that much. That was the build-up of suspense, I suppose. It actually reminded me a little bit of the dinosaurs in King Kong. The original one, that is.
So it's hokey, and bizarre, but fun in a weird, mindless way. Like old monster movies, but not quite as old. You don't really have to think about it. Actually, I would recommend not thinking about it because if you do, it probably won't make any sense at all. But, in all, not a total waste of time.