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God Told Me To (1976)

Cast: James Dukas, Watter Steele, Vida Taylor, more...
Director: Larry Cohen
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Media Syndication, Inc.
Genre: Horror, Supernatural/Occult
Running Time: 89 min.
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Synopsis
Released theatrically as God Told Me To, this inventive film from "B"-movie auteur Larry Cohen was later re-named Demon after television distributors refused to air it under the original title. The convoluted, tabloid-flavored storyline (predating the kind of stories frequently featured on The X-Files) involves a series of motiveless murders committed by various New York residents: a sniper picks off targets from a water tower; a mild-mannered father murders his entire family; and a cop (Andy Kaufman, of all people) opens fire during a St. Patrick's Day parade. The only consistent pattern to the crimes involves the perpetrators' calm admissions of guilt, explaining, "God told me to." While investigating the murders, devoutly-Catholic police detective Peter Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco) is increasingly troubled by evidence of a Christ-like figure named Bernard Phillips (Richard Lynch) who appeared to each of the killers and can't seem to shake the feeling that his own fate is inexplicably linked to this mysterious being. As he comes closer to the truth, his worst fears are confirmed -- particularly after a telling conversation with Bernard's tormented mother (Sylvia Sidney), who reveals the horrifying secret of her son's unnatural birth. Cohen has often used the "B"-movie format to address rather lofty concepts, and this is certainly no exception -- tackling no less than the existence of God and the nature of human beliefs -- but clumsy editing and an outrageous FX-heavy finale tend to obscure this film's unique vision. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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strange is right... by eifert June 27, 2004 - 8:12 PM PDT
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4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
A strange but watchable 70's horror film. The movie is starts off as a maybe religous thriller (like the Exorcist or The Omen) then turns into a wacked out scifi/horror thing. (which isn't a bad thing in this case.) The movie does make you think. You at least have to stick around for the end. I bet you can't get the ending... or that thing growing... well, you have to see it. I really enjoyed the 70's pimp guy too. Right out of Starksy and Hutch. And was that Andy Kaufman? Yep, it was.

The Spielberg of b-Movies... by Emosjrny December 5, 2003 - 1:06 PM PST
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3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Written and directed by the Spielberg of B-movies, "GTMT" is a low budget, moderately entertaining movie that stretches the boundaries of disbelief most notably by casting frequent sleazoid bad guy Richard Lynch as a Christ-figure alien being with a pu... ahem... a... a... uh, how should I put this? ...A female orifice on his torso!!! If that don't say it all about this flick, I don't what will!!! Suffice it to say, what's more captivating about the DVD is the commentary track by frequent collaborators Bill Lustig of Blue Underground and director Cohen as they converse about the trials and tribulations encountered while shooting this B-movie.




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