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God Told Me To
Demon

USA 1976
produced by
Larry Cohen for New World
directed by Larry Cohen
starring Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas, Mike Kellin, Richard Lynch, Sammy Williams, Jo Flores Chase, William Roerick, Lester Rawlins, Harry Bellaver, George Patterson, Walter Steele, John Heffernan, Alan Cauldwell, Robert Nichols, Andy Kaufman, Sherry Steiner, Vida Taylor, Leila Mann
written by Larry Cohen, music by Frank Cordell

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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In New York, several people you never would expect it from - among them a policeman (Andy Kaufman) during the St Patrick's Day Parade - go on a killing spree, & their only motive for doing so is "God told me to".

Peter Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco) who investigates this case, soon realizes these are not just your average loonies, because there are a few too many of them to call it coincidence, & he looks for a link, any kind of link, between the killers ... & soon he finds out they were all friends with a certain Bernard Phillips (Richard Lynch), a hippie-type guy whose face, strangely enough, noone seems to remember ... but for the killers, he seems to have been some sort of messiah - which does somehow upset Nicholas, as he's a religious man himself.

Eventually, he finds out that Phillips' mother (Sherry Steiner) has given virgin birth to Bernard, & has claimed to have been abducted by aliens ...

But by then, Phillips seems to be after him too, sending people out to dessuade him from continuing the investigation, or even kill him, but instead, Nicholas can convince one of them to take him to Phillips.

Phillips seems to be an ethereal being, every bit as weird as you would expect from te offspring of a human mother & an alien father ... but for some reason Phillips just can't kill Nicholas ...

But why ?

Nicholas has to investigate his own past of which he knows very little since he was given away for abortion right after his birth, but he manages to search out his real mother (Sylvia Sidney) &, not revealing his true identity, questions her about his birth ... & his worst suspicions are confirmed, that his mother as a young girl (then played by Vida Taylor) was also abducted by aliens who impregnated her without taking her virginity, a fact that subsequently destroyed her whole life ... & now it might destroy his life as well.

Nicholas realizes that he must have the same powers as Phillips, & first uses them to the worst of ends, when he through mindcontrol makes a few drugpushers kill each other.

Then he meets up with Phillips again, who invites Nicholas to join him, now that he has had a taste of the incredible powers ... instead though, Nicholas sets Phillips appartment on fire, thus killing him. He himself is soon arrested by the police, but takes it calmly, & when reporters ask him about his reasons he tells them "God told me to !"

 


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Another of these mean, wicked Larry Cohen films which might be best described as thinking man's pulp. On the surface this might be just another sci-fi-serial killer film, only the whole premise is way cleverer than n your standard fare: What if killers who claim that God told them to are not just loonies, but there really is a God who tells them to ... only this God is an evil alien? & the film thinks its premise further, how can you fight such a thing ? & if you had the powers, could you resist them ?

But all this Cohen puts into the context of a film that never forgets its main raison d'être is not a philosophical discourse, but a movie that is supposed to entertain its audience.

Recommendation.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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