Review: God Told Me To (1976)

Did I just watch a schlock-horror, detective thriller, pseudo-religious drama or science fiction. I guess it was an unlikely combination.

dvd“GOD TOLD ME TO”
1976
Thriller/Sci-Fi
USA

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Tont Lo Bianco, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney
Distributor: Blue Underground
Runtime: 92 mins
DVD REGION 0

“Life doesn’t matter. Not in this world.”

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A killing spree is shocking New York. All of the suspects tells: “God told me to!”. Inspector Nicholas is on a case that seems weirder every minute. It looks like there’s a christ-like person who’s telling people to kill for him. At the same time it’s said that a virgin who got abducted by aliens and impregnated, is it’s mother. That’s right!

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Larry Cohen is one of the legends of low-budget genre-mixed b-movies (holy crap, that was a sentence you don’t hear often). Sorry to say the story didn’t grip me at all. It’s a weird mix of genres, and definitely an interesting plot. But I think it was too much to grab over for the dedicated director. A movie that play with Däniken’s popular (in the 70’s) thesis about links between Aliens and God/Jesus. Worth a watch by fans of obscure b-movies. Notice the infamous comedian Andy Kaufman in a small role as a gun-crazed policeman.

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