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As with nearly all of his films, this 1976 outre opus from writer/director Larry Cohen is no ordinary low-budget genre film. Though the premise of GOD TOLD ME TO is undoubtedly outlandish, the characters that Cohen creates in the film are vivid and memorable, their dialog very realistic, and the situations in which Cohen places them are so authentically and convincingly drawn that an audience is quickly convinced to suspend their disbelief. In addition, Cohen is a master at creating subtle subtext, and GOD TOLD ME TO is riddled with it. As the primary narrative progresses, things go on ?below the surface" that force viewers to evaluate, even if only subconsciously, their concepts of things such as marriage, sex, gender, religion & faith, family & genetics, security, and authority. Most Cohen fans regard GOLD TOLD ME TO as the auteur's most cohesive, articulate, and thought-provoking work.
A number of genre fans and critics alike have cited GOD TOLD ME TO as the precursor to the television series THE X-FILES.Read more ›
The plot follows a police officer(Tony Lo Bianco) who investigates a series of seemingly, motiveless crimes in the Big Apple. Each time the murderer is apprehended, he explains his rationale by saying, "god told me to". This eventually leads through a complex conspiracy involving alien abduction, demons, hermaphrodites, the second coming of Christ, blood, violence,flashbacks, and so much other stuff that the film becomes utterly confusing, yet enthralling.
Absolutely wild of it's type, this film is perfectly puncuated by strong performances, especially by lead actor, Lo Bianco, who brings the right amount of world-weariness to the role of the investigative officer. The film has many memorable scenes, the best including a rather brutal sniper attack, a policeman's shoot-out at a parade(the insane policeman played by Andy Kaufman) and a chilling interogation with a man who calmly explains how he murdered his family.
Not for all tastes, but reccomended viewing for the psychotronic film fan and devotees of weird cinema.
Note:This version on DVD, appears to be a bootleg from the Blue Underground edition.
The Blue Underground DVD is the usual immaculate treatment, with plenty of great tidbits offered in the Lustig/Cohen commentary track. Now this guy knows how to record an audio commentary! His movies on DVD are always enjoyable. B+
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the feel of the movie , and some scenes were entertaining, but the plot was all over the place and kinda confusing.Published 2 days ago by Jesse Deforest
I saw this movie years ago and had only brief memories of it. When I saw it on late one night at some obscure time, I knew I had to see if it was available on DVD. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ignatius Malibu
Excellent, kind of ahead of its time. The truth only began to dawn on me slowly. Well done drama.Published 8 months ago by Edward T. Moore
Was Ok, but the disc I got had some areas that skipped. I missed some of the story that mattered.Published 8 months ago by Paul Schnae
a weird, completely original film by larry cohen. totally watchable and never dull. sometimes it betrays its low budget and guerrilla style of filmmaking.Published 9 months ago by alan levine
Awesome movie with the best picture I've seen for this film. Great extras too!Published 9 months ago by JIM GODWN
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