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The Flying Serpent

Released 1946
Distributor PRC

Emily Dickinson thought hope was “the thing with feathers” but Sam Newfield had different ideas—in 1946’s The Flying Serpent, the thing with feathers is a bloodthirsty mythological monster called Quetzalcoatl. But the beast is no fairy tale, scientist George Zucco has captured it and uses it to destroy his foes. In 1982 Larry Cohen gave the creature a glossy star treatment in Q: The Winged Serpent starring Michael Moriarty (whose character may be even more deranged than Zucco’s).

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.

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