Appears in: Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)
Scariest moment: The serpent plucks a pesky sniper out of a building's tower with its mouth and spits him out into the air. It's an incredibly long drop to the poor guy's death.
Weakness: Poorly concealed green screens.
Excuse those cheesy special effects for a second.
Today, Larry Cohen's Q: The Winged Serpent registers as one of those seriously dated '80s oddities that play best for crowds of midnight audiences in venues like Austin's Alamo Drafthouse. But just imagine how the resurrected flying Aztec god Quetzalcoatl must have played in 1982 to moviegoers back who weren't conditioned to James Cameron's kind of visual FX.
OK, maybe Q: The Winged Serpent's campiness was apparent back then, too. Nevertheless, the idea of cult members bringing a winged demon back from the dead to wreak havoc in New York City is definitely unsettling. If that were to happen in real life, you wouldn't be laughing. Trust us.