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God Told Me To Kill

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A New York police detective ties a death rampage to a cult and its leader, half man, half alien.

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  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Larry Cohen
  • TV Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery

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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:
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  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096I9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "God Told Me To Kill" on IMDb

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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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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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"God Told Me To" is a strange film, part quasi-religious film and part mystery-science fiction plot. I think this is probably the most memorable role ever given to Tony Lo Bianco for the movies. It is Cohen's ability to combine elements of the TV scenario police procedural with an emotional story involving misidentified faith that makes this his best film, if not always his most enjoyable. Cohen really is a talented visionary, and the fact that he cast the ingenious Andy Kaufmann here (my favorite comedian by far) is a testament to both his foresight and his audacity. It is always interesting to survey the cast of a Larry Cohen production. "God Told Me To" is awkward enough to not be on everyone's list of 'must-sees', but it simply goes to prove that Cohen intended to produce more unusual fare for the Cineplex, and it is sad that those days are long gone. This is, however, a must see film if you like the Cohen stock.
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+
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Although this is a very uneven movie, its plot is excellent- it's like the X Files sequel that should have been. It is just begging for a good remake; although they'd have to set it in 70s New York to retain that gritty, seedy feel that is essential to this film's eeriness.

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.
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