The storyline of this movie involves a series of motiveless murders committed by various New York residents: a sniper shoots people from a water tower; a father murders his entire family; and a cop 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, catholic police detective Peter Nicholas is increasingly troubled by evidence of a Christ-like figure named Bernard Phillips who appeared to each of the killers and can’t seem to shake the feeling that his own fate is somewhat linked to this mysterious being. As he comes closer to the truth, his worst fears are confirmed. —IMDb
Cohen was born in Kingston, New York, USA. Cohen moved to the Riverdale section of the Bronx at an early age, eventually majoring in film at the City College of New York. He started his career in television, writing on many shows and creating the cult classics Branded and The Invaders. He wrote, produced, and directed his first feature film, Bone, in 1972. He came to prominence with It’s Alive (1974), a horror film about a mutant killer baby. Though cheaply produced, it is notable for its satirical black humor (the hero’s son slaughters the medical staff at birth) and for its exploration of the parents’ dilemma: the hero, who has fathered one of the creatures, at first disowns it but later tries to protect it despite its obvious anti-social tendencies. It’s Alive is also noted for being scored by Bernard Herrmann. Cohen made two sequels, It Lives Again (1978) and It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987).
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Quite possibly the weirdest B movie you will ever see ,Larry Cohen is a genius