With Romero, there's usually a subtext. It's what elevates his movies. Cohen does it sometimes, notably with 'It's Alive'. I think he forgot this time. Cohen does get name actors, though. Not saying they're better. I like a lot of the actors in this one, and it's silly in that midnight movie kind of way.
Hypnotic wide shots of New York, memorable score and charming visuals of the creature are the main trumps of this mess. Otherwise, it seems like it doesn't know whether it's trying to be a disaster movie, crime thriller or a spoof - which leads to very uneven tone. The main character is portrayed as an annoying goofball, much like the plot, it seems like he doesn't know where he came from or where he's going.
A good 'ole fashioned monster film that's fun like all the rest of Larry Cohen's work... even if that's really all it is. As Q isn't as chilling or taut in biting social critiques as his masterful other work, but it does provide adequate fun with its bonkers premise of a winged monster terrorizing NYC, despite the action/horror being on the silly and cheesy side. Still, Cohen also develops his characters well.
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.