May 27th, 2012: Q: The Winged Serpent

Cast and Crew: Samuel Z. Arkoff (Executive Producer); Candy Clark

What It’s About:  Something is flying around Manhattan and snatching sunbathers, window washers and construction workers from the tops of buildings.  Detectives Shepard (David Carradine) and Powell (Richard Roundtree) investigate the deaths and disappearances as well as a series of murders in which the victims were skinned alive.  Safe cracker and getaway car driver Jimmy Quinn (Michael Moriarty) learns the secret to behind both investigations when a diamond robbery he’s forced into goes horribly wrong and he takes refuge in the Chrysler Building.  Will Quinn do the right thing and let the authorities know?  Will Shepard and Powell figure out the connection between the murders and the beast?

Why Watch it Today?: The Chrysler Building, which figures prominently in today’s film, was completed on this date in 1930 Q is quirky writer/director/producer Larry Cohen’s take on the giant monster film.  Read more here.

Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental)

Alternate choice: You could also celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge today with a previous Movie Of The Day pick, Vertigo, part of which takes place underneath the iconic bridge.

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