Presenting Michael Moriarty

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One day I will compile a Deadly Movies Top 5 ‘madder than a box of jumping beans actors’ and up there with Crispin Glover will be this man mountain, Michael Moriarty. Jazz musician and Emmy Award winner, Moriarty is widely know for his long running role as Ben Stone in Law and Order. But our interest focuses on his 1980s purple patch. One glorious day in horror movie history Moriarty met writer, director, and producer extraordinaire Larry Cohen and therein would begin Moriarty’s run of films that are as brilliant as they are incomprehensibly barmy. And taken in that context there is no one better suited to such roles than Moriarty who is lovable, baffling, and enigmatic in equal measures. Here’s Deadly Movies’ Moriarty highlights:
Reborn (1981): Moriarty vs Stigmata
Q, The Winged Serpent* (1982): Moriarty vs some kind of inexplicable Aztec flying serpent (reviewed by Deadly Movies here)
The Stuff* (1985): Moriarty vs a delicious yet deadly dessert
Troll (1986): Moriarty (now on a horror roll) vs a troll (and hilariously he’s called Harry Potter! Moriarty that is, not the troll)
Dark Tower (1987): Moriarty vs a skyscraper dwelling poltergeist
A Return to Salem’s Lot* (1987): Moriarty vs the sharp toothed inhabitants of Salem
It’s Alive 3: Island of the Alive* (1987): Moriarty vs mutant babies
*Larry Cohen films
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3 thoughts on “Presenting Michael Moriarty

  1. Jenn says:

    I totally love Cohen regular Moriarty, although Cohen's Masters of Horror episode featuring Moriarty left much to be desired. I also really enjoy him as Harry Potter in Troll. What's with that rock out scene? Can we say pad the running time? And he's up against Karen Black as well as breeding humanoid mutant babies in It's Alive 3. Good times!

  2. liveforfilms says:

    Plus he was in the awesome Pale Rider with Clint Eastwood. Love that film

  3. FYI, the link to the review of “Q: The Deadly Serpent” is broken.

    I haven’t seen that movie in at least 25 years, and I don’t recall it being particularly good…but I do think it was an EXTREMELY good idea, akin in some ways to the original “Mimic” from 1997 (a decent movie based on an obscure and excellent short story of the same name, by Donald A. Wollheim).

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