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God Told Me To Kill (1976)

Tony Lo Bianco , Deborah Raffin , Larry Cohen  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene
  • Directors: Larry Cohen
  • Writers: Larry Cohen
  • Producers: Larry Cohen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096I9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "God Told Me To Kill" on IMDb

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  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Larry Cohen
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Tony Lo Bianco, Sandy Dennis, Andy Kaufman, Sylvia Sidney. While investigating a recent series of homicides with no apparent motives, a New York cop draws a disturbing connection-all the killers claimed to have been ordered by God to commit their crimes. 1976/color/92 min/NR/widescreen.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A confusing but amazingly good low-budget thriller February 8, 2003
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God Told Me To (also known as Demon) is probably the most powerful B-movie I have ever seen; writer and director Larry Cohen had me mesmerized from the start yet more and more confused by the end. This isn't the kind of movie you sit and watch drone-like; this is a complex film that revels in mystery, flirts with apocalyptic notions, and incorporates elements sure to make you question what you think you believe the movie is about. The action begins with a sniper perched on a water tower in New York City, killing a number of people on the street with uncanny accuracy. Tony Lo Bianco plays detective Peter Nicholas, who climbs up and tries to communicate with the sniper; he is surprisingly jolted when he hears the guy say that he committed mass murder because "God told me to." From there we encounter several other bizarre and deadly crimes, the perpetrators of which all tell Nicholas that God told them to do it. One truly memorable scene features a seemingly normal man explain how and why he killed his wife and children with no remorse; in fact, he feels better than he has ever felt because he suddenly knows God and has done what He asked him to do. Nicholas eventually finds out that a weird young guy was seen talking to each murderer shortly before he snapped, and this is where the story starts to get a little weird. The guy's mother is a virgin, as Nicholas finds out after she attempts to kill him. Having now come to believe that the religious aspect of the murders is actually real, Nicholas leaks the hidden confessions to the press after being shunned by his fellow detectives. A devout Catholic, Nicholas now begins to change, and one is hard pressed to figure out what exactly is going on with him. Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why? 'Cause God Told Me To! July 22, 2004
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New York police detective Lt. Peter Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco)--a devout Catholic who is struggling with his faith in the midst of marital problems--is investigating a string of fatal shootings and is disturbed by the fact the killers, when questioned about their motivation, have each offered the exact same response: "God told me to." Is God really ordaining these angels of death? Ignoring the downward spiral his personal and professional life seems to be taking, Nicholas' deep faith compels him to seek the answer to that question. But when his investigations put him face-to-face with the bizarre androgynous extraterrestrial who instigated the killings, the detective finds more answers than he was seeking.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls you in more and more.. February 26, 2002
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I remember seeing this film for rent at the local store when I was little and being enthralled by the box... it looked so freaky! Of course being so young, I was never allowed to watch it. However, I recently found this again at another store and snatched it up. There's some action right off the bat (the first sniper shooting), then things build a bit slowly from there, but I must say that as the movie went on I had to know what was coming next. The lo-fi look can be gotten past, but there are a few pleasant surprises out of left field... Examples being the previously mentioned Christ figure scenes that actually look great. Very well done. Also, there are flashback sequences done in early film-style brown tone and some legitimately old-school sci-fi alien abduction (immaculate conception?) scenes out of nowhere. This is the type of thing that would throw off many everyday viewers, but I found it thrilling! If you're into quirky, adventurous, original films, then give this a chance!
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And the award for weirdest genre offering of 1976 goes to.....GOD TOLD ME TO by Larry Cohen! Always a diretor known for the strange and offbeat, this film has to be one of the most cynical and creepiest to emerge from the end of that decade.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller of a Movie
A Real Thriller. This older movie is still one of the ones that keep you in suspense.
Published 8 days ago by J. Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great 70's movie....lots of NYC streets scenes. Reminds me alot like The French Connection .
Published 18 days ago by james ver weire
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased!!
My dvd arrived fast and in perfect condition. Very pleased with my purchase and really love this awesome movie!! Great quality used dvd in great shape as prmised by the seller. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Aaron Whitsell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by Linda R SantaMaria
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look I guess if you like supernatural silliness
Pure hokum. Worth a look I guess if you like supernatural silliness. One funny bit had Andy Kaufman as a NYPD cop on a shooting spree at the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Published 1 month ago by Bing
5.0 out of 5 stars ... but had never seen it because it got such bad reviews. It's...
I was in this movie but had never seen it because it got such bad reviews. It's actually a very stylized, interesting film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tarnation
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I liked the film many years ago. Finally , I remembered the title and purchased the dvd. I like the fact that it was different from a lot of other films of that time period. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Chocianowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre thriller that explains why Larry Cohen was a unique cinematic...
"God Told Me To" is a strange film, part quasi-religious film and part mystery-science fiction plot. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
4.0 out of 5 stars Shlock Masterpiece!
Although this is a very uneven movie, its plot is excellent- it's like the X Files sequel that should have been. Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by Baranabus
2.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Live Up to Its Premise
Disappointing. Seriously disappointing. Started out sort of interesting, but went from there to incomprehensible and didn't really come back. Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
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