A fun exercise from Larry Cohen melding D.I.Y. 80's style New York production values with the giant monster genre (just 6 years after Dino's remake of King Kong). The serpent effects are pretty cheesy and the real special effect here is the performance of Michael Moriarty who is channeling something beyond mondo. Somehow this one had escaped me until now.
A fun creature movie with a nicely casual performance from David Caradine as a tough detective and an absolutely delightful turn by Michael Moriarty as low-rent criminal who works every angle but dreams of making it as a jazz pianist. Moriarty makes the movie worthwhile all by himself.
In the mid eighties, B-movie horror-meister Larry Cohen was on a bit of a role, and this is the high point of his output in this time period. Surprisingly strong acting, specifically by Michael Moriarty, anchors a pretty solid horror/detective story. The serpent is used sparingly, and effectively.