USA | 1976 | 90 mins | NR
A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that “God told them to.”
Director: Larry Cohen
Cast: Tony Lo Bianco, Debroah Raffin, Richard Lynch
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A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: “God told me to.” Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective (Tony Lo Bianco of THE HONEYMOON KILLERS and THE FRENCH CONNECTION) must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind.
A quintessential NYC film from genre visionary Larry Cohen (IT’S ALIVE, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, THE STUFF) that combines police procedural, horror, sci-fi, and religious satire into a dizzying and deranged social commentary as relevant today as it was prescient back in 1976. Propelled by Catholic guilt and punctuated with visceral kinkiness, GOD TOLD ME TO is a vital dispatch from a rotting empire. We’re presenting the brand new 4K restoration from the original uncensored negative. – Steven Landry
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