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God Told Me To

3 Ratings: 2.7
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Director: Larry Cohen
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Release Date: November, 1976
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about God Told Me To

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  • Sep 21, 2011
Rating:
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Inspired by a mysterious, messianic figure, otherwise ordinary NYC citizens murder strangers and family alike; when asked why, they calmly explain by way of this picture's title. Obsessed with this string of slaughter, a pious detective (Tony Lo Bianco, in a rare sympathetic role) gradually discovers the source of their common divine domination - something he could never presage, nor imagine for himself!

Larry Cohen's fifth feature outing could scarcely be cruder...God Told Me To is sloppily shot and cut, but this slipshod style works, throwing its audience off-balance and vulnerable to at least a few poking shocks and effective scares, the creepiest of which are as pervasive as Ancylostoma. Lo Bianco is in top form, wisely cast against type in the emotionally exhaustive lead. His co-stars' performances rate from unexceptional competence to amusing, hammy diversion, but even those few who can't act are a kick to watch. Cohen's worst recurring habit is to overwrite an ingenious story, and GTMT is another victim of this tendency. A leaden sub-plot regarding the detective's marital affairs encumbers narrative momentum, despite supplying a plum melodramatic turn for Sandy Dennis. Even better than the cast, Frank Cordell's lush, histrionic final score ended the veteran composer's career with a bang, alternating between tragic neo-romantic swells and eerie drones!

Messily produced yet fancifully deranged, what first seems merely sacrilegious twists into a horrific homage to sci-fi B-classics. Cohen may have cut too many corners during production, but he spared no expense of afflatus.
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September 21, 2011
This is just great, Snuudles! :D Whenever you describe a filmsie or bookie, it's always so beautifully! :D It *always* makes me want to watchie or read them with you, heehee! ^-^ Muu! ^-^ We should watchie this, heehee! ^-^ *snugglesnus* *nosiecheekiekiss* *juicy yummy kissssssies*! ^-^ ♥ Annusya ♥
September 21, 2011
If any film is likely to slip under your skin, it's this one...the crudity of Cohen's direction didn't prevent him from shooting this project's outlandish antagonist with a cunning reserve that supplements its unnerving dread.

Also, note my screenshot of Lo Bianco - doesn't he bear a certain facial similitude to our favorite glowering Sephardic actor...?

We'll snuggle tight on the viewing room couch whilst enjoying all of these!

*wuubles*
*snugs*
*smooches*
September 22, 2011
Ouh! ^-^ It SURE DOES! :D Dan Hedaya and his eyebrowsies, heehee! ^-^ Ohh, that sounds so nice and snuggly cosy! ^-^ Muu! ^-^  And Poupy is snoring right nowsies and it's CUTE! ^-^  Heehee! ^-^  Muu! ^-^

*clings to you like a koalasie*
*rubs nosies & cheekies*
*smuuuuuuuuuchies* ^-^

♥ Annusya ♥
September 22, 2011
He is a coot plump baby, like you!

Dan Hedaya: >:-[

*hugs & spins*
*rubs soft cheeks*
*smooches from head to toe*
September 22, 2011
HEEHEE! ^-^ YOU'RE a coot babysie! :D HEEHEE! ^-^ I *love* the Dan Hedaya faceie, heehee! ^-^

*wheeeeeeeeeeee*
*rubs sweet cheekies*
*smuuuuuuuuuuuchies all oversie!* ^-^

♥ Annusya ♥
 
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