17 November 2014

GOD TOLD ME TO

GOD TOLD ME TO

Alternate Title:
Demon

USA, 1976
Director: Larry Cohen

7/10








(Screened as part of the Horrorfilm Retrospective "Land of the Dead 1968 - 1978" in September at the Filmmuseum, Vienna.)

"God Told Me To" is the second horror/sci-fi-related directorial effort by screenwriting legend Larry Cohen, and even though it's not his best film (that's probably the 80s cult classic "The Stuff"), it's definitely one of his craziest, yet most interesting movies, following a devout Catholic NY cop who investigates in a series of murders, all committed by seemingly normal citizens who claim that God himself told them to commit the crimes...


What starts out as religion-themed crime thriller, soon descends into mysterious supernatural AND extraterrestrial territories, becoming more and more bizarre with every single minute, delivering eerie alien abductions, super-strange religious cult leaders and some kinda "monster vagina" (has to be seen to be believed). The pacing in combination with Cohen's excellently developed screenplay delivers a huge amount of super-surprising and totally unforeseable plot twists.

Granted, the last third is at times so wacko, I had a hard time taking anything of what's happening on the screen seriously at all. Still, I was thrilled right until the amusing epilogue, simply because of the awesome writing and the way it was built up. Tony Lo Bianco, Sylvia Sidney and the stunningly cute Deborah Raffin, they all deliver very fine perormances. The sacral, slightly "Omen"-esque music fits the movie's gritty mood very well (Frank Cordell, "Cromwell"); great editing, great camera work, weird special effects - oh, and a cameo by comedy legend Andy Kaufman as possessed policeman!


God told me to recommend this movie to you, at least to those who can handle strange and obscure 70s gems :)

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4 comments:

  1. It sounds like a precurser to that Twin Peaks TV show where weird was the rule not the exception. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the review!

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    1. In some kinda way, it's more Twilight Zone than Twin Peaks IMO...

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  2. Yeah, a completely unique 70's movie from the pretty much always reliable Larry Cohen - I haven't seen this in years - would definitely enjoy a re-watch!

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    1. Most of Cohen's 70s & 80s work was simply terrific.

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