Many decades later, God Told Me To is easily one of the most chilling films that you can ever see. The staging of the grim mass murder scenes rationalized by the film title are extremely eerie in this day in age of mass shootings, terrorism, and the white washing of history by rich, straight-white males of privilege. A strongly written, disturbing attack against the hypocrisy and control that religion creates.
In many ways, this film is patently silly, but the quotidian nature of Cohen’s camera and the low budget (usually more of a distraction than an asset) add an unnerving sense of realism. Peeling back the layers of this B picture, one finds a profoundly sick and scary vision of a faith-starved America unmoored and adrift in the cosmic void. Cohen’s grim masterwork.
Strange mystery/thriller dealing with mass murder, religion, and alien abductions - only horror maverick Larry Cohen could create this cult favorite. Well-made filmmaking, interesting & chilling storyline, and Tony Lo Bianco gives a remarkable performance as a Catholic detective who digs deeper in these horrorific crimes. (Be sure not to hear that line in real life after seeing it.) Cohen's best to date.
A New York City Detective investigates a series of spree killings and finds a disturbing connection that unsettles his Catholic faith. Director Larry Cohen is known for genre mashing and rather loose storytelling. In this movie it works out to create a story of a man who loses his anchor, setting him adrift in a confusing world - driven to search for the meaning behind these random acts of violence.
Un thriller serie B que parte de una premisa tan original como inquietante (un detective archicatólico investiga una serie de misteriosos crímenes masivos presuntamente ordenado por Dios). El desarrollo narrativo resulta algo torpe y confuso, pero vale la pena verla.
A great genre script by Larry Cohen that follows a detective investigating a string of murders that the unconnected perps always speak the term 'god told me to' before dying. What follows is the detective's descent into religious fervour and his own history. Lo Bianco is quite good here as is the ever frightening Richard Lynch as the possible Christ figure. Say what you will about Cohen's filmography..he can write.