Q – The Winged Serpent (1982)

James / October 3rd, 2012

Description: Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews Q The Winged Serpent! You’ll just have time to scream… before it tears you apart!



  • October 3, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Q must be the prequel to Kung Fu.

  • xdeathknightx

    October 3, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Yay for Monster Madness. Good review James, although I must disagree that you should see the monster a lot. There have been some pretty effective horror movies where there were more than enough gratifying kills but the monster was obscured until the very end. And it probably would have been less effective if they showed the monster from the start.

  • parsnip

    October 3, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Good to have MM back. Great job once again J. Greetings from Finland!

  • bloodawn5

    October 3, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Post this on Blip tv too, that worked great!!

  • zengie

    October 3, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Q & A!

  • Devil_Rising

    October 3, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I would have to disagree too James. In fact, I think in reality you disagree with yourself, considering you’ve stated that you love a lot of movies where you don’t see much of the monster until close to the end of the film, such as the original The Thing From Another World. Or the Cat People, where you never actually see a Cat Person at all, it’s more psychological, like “did she change into that cat”?

    I think classic horror is superior because many of them didn’t show you too much. Modern horror shows you too much, more often than not, and that is one of many reasons why I’m just not a very big modern horror fan.

    But great review, as usual!

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 3, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Amazing movie this is, i don’t really never cared for the effects, this is simply a great example of 80’s movie not standing for 80’s good/crap flicks.

  • SirSuperSouthern

    October 3, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Awesome, never hearda this flick before.

    I’m waiting for a Troma blow-out featuring the first Toxie and Class of Nuke ’em High. The rest kinda suck but those two movies are downright inspirational!

    This site is great and I check it every day because video games and horror movies are so relevant to my interests. Keep it up guys…

  • Azdrerios Entertainment

    October 3, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Awesome review, James! This seems like a relatively watchable movie: maybe I’ll rent it sometime, if I find a copy.

  • super.ca.i.n

    October 3, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Its pronounced KETZAL-KO-ATL. It means the feathered serpent.

  • October 3, 2012 at 5:53 am


  • October 3, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Ronny Cox is always the guy you love to hate.

  • October 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

    wait That guy said his named” Harry Potter” what the hell?!? at’s weid never saw that coming I think J. K. Rowling get the ideal?……maybe what do you think?

  • October 3, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I remember renting this movie with some friends when I was younger and we loved it. Great pick!

  • neofury

    October 3, 2012 at 8:07 am

    @xdeathknightx can you even give 3 examples of a movie where this was actually true? Not that I’m saying you’re wrong but I can’t really think of any. I usually think it’s a copout when I do see one of those flicks.

  • TheOtakuX

    October 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

    This Q vs Star Trek Q wouldn’t be that far off, since in Star Trek: The Animated Series, they ran into Kukulkan, who turned out to be an flying feathered alien serpent who visited Earth and became known as Quetzalcoatl. So yeah, in the Star Trek universe, Quetzalcoatl exists.

  • October 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Uh, what? Why am I supposed to hate Jellico in Chain of Command!? He was an awesome captain, in fact, I would have loved to see Jellico continue captaining the Enterprise.

    And if Riker wants to captain a ship so much he gets insubordinate against his captain, he should just accept a command already, prick.

  • Krim420

    October 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I love these reviews. It reminds me of when I was a kid, and would beg my mom to let me rent a movie. This is the kind of schlock I’d go nuts over! Word to your mummy…God that’s awful.

  • LordJason1986

    October 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    hmm. Q The Winged Serpent. the only other creature that I can think of off the top of my head that holds the title of winged anything is The Winged Dragon Of Ra or Pegasus The Winged Horse. the movie looks rather interesting and it has some great effects to it. I completely agree that stop motion is always great to look at. yet another movie to check out. awesome review , and once again , you never fail to impress.

    on a personal note , I just want to thank you James for introducing me to the hammer films since I saw The Evil Of Frankenstein recently. and I also want to thank Mike for his Guyver review he did since after I watched his review , I bought the very last copy that monstersinmotion.com is ever going to have. aparrently it’s now out of print and getting harder to find. I have it now and it kicks ass. and thanks to Mike , I now own my 4th out of print and hard to find movies. I cant wait to see more mmmmmmmmonster madness.

  • JoeHaaafs

    October 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    You guys should do an Unlikely Vs Battles featuring only same name characters. Q vs Q vs Q… Harry Potter vs Harry Potter… Han from Enter the Dragon vs Mr Han from The Karate Kid vs Han Solo…

  • LordJason1986

    October 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

    what’s also awesome is not ony do I get to see more monster madness videos , but I am also going on October 30 to see the original Halloween in theaters. yes in deed folks , the original John Carpenter classic is returning to theaters for one week only starting October 25 through October 30 , 2012. before the movie starts , there will be a brand new documentary called “You Cant Kill The Boogeman : 35 Years Of Halloween” and it will be narrated by Andrew Divoff aka The Djinn from Wishmaster. if anyone is a fan of horror films and/or a fan of Halloween , especially James & Mike , then I highly recommend you folks to go purchase your tickets now and check this out. you can find out all the information you can from halloweenonscreen.com & halloweenmovies.com to find a theater nearest you. you wont be dissapointed. “The Night HE Came Home.”

  • Traditionalfire

    October 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

    What is “The Stuff” about? With a name like that it sounds like something about weed.

  • troodon311

    October 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I’m sorry to be a nerdy buzzkill, but Q does not resemble a pterosaur. Like all other flying vertebrates, pterosaurs converted their forelimbs into their wings, while Q has wings in addition to both fore- and hindlimbs, essentially giving it 6 limbs.

    Loved the review! I’m going to need to track down this movie.

  • Uncle Sporkums

    October 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm


    It’s a movie about a yogurt/ice cream like substance that comes up from the earth and becomes a food product that addicts and zombifies people. I used to watch it when I was younger, if you like weird 80’s movies, you should check it out.

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Love your stuff James, Monster Madness i something I look forward to every year! Anyways I most remember Michael Moriarty from the first few seasons of Law & Order, also he starred in ‘The Stuff” which you mentioned 😀

    And of the Q vs Q vs Q, you could add Q from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, for a fatal fourway of Qs

  • bmolina87

    October 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    That actor is great in The Suff and Its Alive 3.

  • Gorey O' Rotten

    October 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    It brings me joy to know that I’m not the only one who has seen this terrible movie… ha!

  • RX_79

    October 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Love Monster Madness , Its like Christmas.

    You never know what movie is going to be reviewed next, and that makes it all the more fun.

  • Squall85

    October 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    At first I read The Q-Winged serpent and I was like how the hell a wing look like a Q?! 🙂 The only Quezacotl I know is from Final Fantasy VIII as Guardian Force 😀

  • TagaZok

    October 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Hey that’s the guy from ” the stuff ” his much better in that movie .. this one is not bad but I see that movie when I was 6 years old … From my childish eyes it seems pretty real to me ! Good review as always !

  • Master Control

    October 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Wow I just saw this movie for the first time last week. Enjoyed the hell out of it. Not as good as Dark Tower though.

    I think next October should be Moriarty-A-Thon

  • LiuDawei

    October 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Quetzalcoatl… (Ketzahl-coh-atl) 😉

  • Astrotrain

    October 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Quetzalcoatl means the “feathered serpent”

  • Mulder

    October 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Also Quetzalcoatl was the only god who didn’t want sacrifices made to it.

  • PanBocian

    October 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm


    Despite all the differences, I think we can be sure, that this creature was at least inspired by Quetzalcoatlus, the largest pterosaur of the Cretaceous period.

  • borndrunk

    October 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    2:00 :cut the crap man this is Shaft

  • Yaru

    October 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    They did their homework; Azetks did take the heart of their sacrifices and skin people… I’m Mexican

  • mmmfloorpie

    October 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    :30 looks kind of like the Ghostbusters building!

    It isn’t of course though.

  • October 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Actually, you didn’t pronounce Quetzalcoatl well, but, now i see that is as difficult to learn spanish, as it is to learn english

  • Dr. Breakfastmachine

    October 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Oh man, James is picking awesome movies so far this year. Gotta love Q for doing stop motion well in the 80s when it was already old-fashioned and using a really cool monster as well.

  • Crypt Keeper

    October 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I recognize Michael Moriarty from the Pale Rider, Great movie.

  • CrazyEmoOtaku

    October 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    i’m feeling offended by this movie by how they made look to my god quetzalcoatl. he never accepted human sacrifices, he is the god of wind and create the humans as we know, and he looks like a giant snake with precious feathers (no wings, arms, and legs). HE REALLY LOVES US. but hey, maybe you christians also get offended by some bad representation of jesus.

  • El Marques del Terror

    October 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Hi James! Greetings from Mexico!! This Day of the dead I’m doing a Horror movies marathon that I usually do every year, if you can please check my web page, you are famous over here!! http://www.deslizateinteractivo.com/terror Take Care!!!

  • the violent video game nerd

    October 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm


    absolutely dude love the october review fest!!

  • Anthony33

    October 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Cool Q, The Winged Serpent, not only a cool horror movie, but referenced in Night of the Creeps.

  • lamecasuelas

    October 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    it is great to know that i’m not the only mexican watching monster madness! i was feeling lonely!! awesome review by the way!! i loved Mobster madness since i dicovered it like 4 years ago!! and it totally makes my MONTH!!!

  • culwin

    October 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Hey James, just want to say thanks for doing these!

  • bloodawn5

    October 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks for doin this Mike awesome videos from you and James, thanks

  • October 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    If there’s one thing I love as much as Halloween, it’s another round of James’s Monster Madness. I can’t thank you enough for putting these out year after year. I know you’ve been busy with the movie, so that makes this edition all the more special. Thank you so much. You never fail to deliver so much win!

  • BouncekDeLemos

    October 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

    The Final Fantasy series had a Quetzalcoatl. Pretty neat, I didn’t know about it’s history. Learn something new. 🙂

  • frostare

    October 4, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Ahhh that pronunciation was a nice try, it’s”Keh-tzal-coh-atl”. You have no idea how many times I’ve heard the name because it’s an important piece of history in my country.

  • cidtheninja

    October 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I guess this year is going to be something of a schlock-a-thon like before? Just saying I would like to learn about some decent movies that I may want to watch this month.

  • Kelprunk

    October 4, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Another King Kong connection: Randy Cook worked with Peter Jackson not only on the LOTR trilogy, but also the 2005 remake of King King.

  • Sardaukar Prime

    October 4, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I remember watching this movie on cable when I was little. Michael Moriarty was a regular in most of Larry Cohen’s movies. In The Stuff he plays a guy name “Mo” with a rather dumb name origin…

  • thestuff

    October 4, 2012 at 3:17 am

    James, I am amazed with your usual outstanding knowledge of film history that you didn’t mention that this is a remake of PRC’s poverty row classic “The Flying Serpent” from 1946 staring George Zucco which is itself widely considered a remake of the early PRC film “The Devil Bat” starring Bela Lugosi!

  • October 4, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Two of the films in your Monster Madness opener are from the 70’s: The Shining, with Jack Torrence slamming his hands against the bathroom door, and An American Werewolf in London during the metamorphosis. Wtf???

  • coutain1983

    October 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

    You should totally review the Stuff. I just saw it and thought it was awesome! Michael Moriarty is the star – he’s sleazy in that too! hehe

  • thestuff

    October 4, 2012 at 6:30 am

    hey darkquest, maybe go look up those movies and then feel silly about your comment?

  • October 4, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Wow I haven’t heard of/from this movie since I saw it as a kid, thanks for this fun review James!

  • totoofze47

    October 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I just registered, so I didn’t comment on the first MM review yet, but I have to admit, while I loved it, I thought it could have been better. This one, however, IS much better ! Your knowedge of horror movies still amazes me to this day, and you give interesting bits of trivia ! I really like this review !

  • Simon Belmont

    October 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    What about Quasimodo?

  • October 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    First, that dickhead guy who took over as captain in Star Trek TNG is named Ronny Cox. He’s a really nice guy in real life, but man oh man can he ever play a fucking unlikable asshole villain.

    That commercial with King Kong and the automobile, that commercial was spoofed in the movie Robocop with the 6000SUX and the dinosaur. I love Paul Verhoeven’s movies because of the nonsequiter “commercials” he throws in them.

    Come to think of it, Ronny Cox was ALSO in Robocop, he was the dickhead villain “Dick Jones” vice president of OCP, and the guy who came up with the ED209.

    Come to think of it again, ED209 was a FANTASTIC display of stop-motion goodness. I love that fuckin’ thing!

  • rss

    October 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    what is that movie at 04:32?

  • urrutiap

    October 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I remember this weird movie and I only saw it once when it came on TBS back in the late 80s. Surprised this movie was made back in 1982. Pretty impressive effects with the giant creature. Still surprised movies like this still hung around in the very early 1980s with the homage to the Harry H special effects.

  • Justin Hall

    October 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Interestingly, the reason the Spanish were able to take over what is now Mexico so easily way back in the day was that they thought Hernan Cortez was Quetzelcoatl because of his white skin and huge ships.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Q from this movie vs. Q from James Bond vs. Q from Star Trek! Hahaha, I’d watch that! Though it sounds like an unlikely battle discussion.

    Hmm, yeah, it definitely looks dated. That stop-motion monster is obviously fake. Like you said, it’s like a classic 50s giant monster movie in the 80s.

    Yeah that character in this movie sure is an asshole. And I remember the asshole temporary captain from that Star Trek episode. Man, he was a jerk! 😀

  • 4thtroika

    October 10, 2012 at 2:10 am

    There’s Queen of Blood.

  • Iron65

    October 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Quetzalcoatl ! creo que hay distintas representaciones acerca de este monstruo, no sólo es una serpiente . Bueno no vivo en Guatemala para saberlo pero, lo que si sé es que es extrañamente famoso, ya que mucha gente se hace tatuajes de él aquí en Costa Rica, y en otros países vecinos

  • QuagmireDP

    October 11, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I think David Caradine was most recently known for playing Batman………….

  • Lightice

    October 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Just one thing: Quetzalcoatl was actually a very benign deity, one of the few Aztec god that did not require blood sacrifices, and is a pretty understandable subject of worship even to a modern Westerner.

  • Dobbs351

    October 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Age of the empires 2 for pc, ps2
    There you will here it gets pronounced. In the aztec campaign

  • October 21, 2012 at 2:31 am

    The real way to say it is “Kate – Salt – Coat – L”
    just kidding is “Ket – Sal – Ko – At- L ”

    The Feather Snake.

  • Simon Belmont111

    May 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    The Sourcefed Nerd commercial gets a little annoying.

  • DarthUno

    August 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

    What the fuck is IMAX?

  • October 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    is there a hd version of this? any answers?

  • fcabanski

    November 1, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    The cops took the giant monster in stride, because they had training in Japan (Godzilla).

  • January 1, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Ha Ha, “Q vs. Q vs. Q” I’m still laughing about it, I bet Q would win

  • May 5, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Q as in the mysterious Q in Street Fighter? 😀

  • Jacob Boeve

    June 3, 2016 at 8:21 am

    There’s also Queen of the Damned. Other than that, no clue if there’s any horror movies starting with Q

  • September 25, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Q vs Q vs Q? So Q cubed?

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