God Told Me to
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A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. And each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: 'God told me to.' Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective (Tony Lo Bianco of THE HONEYMOON KILLERS and THE FRENCH CONNECTION) must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind.
Written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen (Q-THE WINGED SERPENT), this critically acclaimed cult classic remains one of the most disturbing and thought-provoking horror films of our time. Deborah Raffin (DEATH WISH 3), Sandy Dennis (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?), Sylvia Sidney (BEETLEJUICE), Mike Kellin (SLEEPAWAY CAMP), Richard Lynch (BAD DREAMS), and Andy Kaufman (TAXI) co-star in this one-of-a-kind chiller, now featuring a brand-new 4K High Definition transfer from the original uncensored negative along with exclusive new Extras created especially for this release!Extras:
Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
Heaven & Hell On Earth - Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco
Bloody Good Times - Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill
God Told Me To Bone - New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen
Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen
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One of Time Out New York's 100 Best Horror Films: 'GOD TOLD ME TO is without question one of darkest, sharpest, oddest films on this list, a tale of serial murder, religious mania and alien abduction shot on some of mid-'70s New York's least salubrious streets. Cohen deserves to be mentioned alongside Carpenter and Craven in the horror canon...and this might be his masterpiece!' --Time Out New York
'EXTRAORDINARY... One Hell Of A Scary Movie!' --The Soho News
'Hugely Entertaining!' --TV Guide
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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+
I think I'd call this a "high-end B movie", because its production and acting are mixed; sometimes both are terrible (such as a shooting scene where a couple of people are 'shot' before you hear gunfire- inexecusably bad effects, there!) and other times there are really nice, low-tech photographic techniques and shots. Also, there are a couple of names in here, and Deborah Raffin's wardrobe was by Halston, so there must have been money in this movie at one point. Other times, it feels very cheap, especially owing to some wobbly camera work, although that could've been due to location shots and existing technological limitations.
Cronenberg fans will appreciate the 'alien vaj' imagery (not for me, though)and anyone who's a fan of supernatural themes and 70s movies will enjoy this one. It goes on a bit longer than it needs to, but this is really a cut above the average horror film of its time in terms of its weird plot. Truly a unique script.
Also, the Andy Kaufman cameo is fun, too. If you're expecting hi-tech effects and realism, this isn't for you. But if you lower your standards a bit and embrace the weirdness, you will be rewarded.
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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