God Told Me To (1976) (Blu-ray Review)

God Told Me To (1976) (Blu-ray Review)

God Told Me To (1976) (Blu-ray Review)

📅02 February 2015, 04:12

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God Told Me To (1976) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Larry Cohen
Starring: Deborah Raffin, Sam Levene, Tony Lo Bianco
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Blue Underground

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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) must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan.

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I use to say that God Told Me To was a movie that really shows its age, but after having seen the new Blu-ray from Blue Underground, I can honestly say I’ve never seen it look better. This is a creepy movie in a number of ways. This is a movie that seems to be trying to say a whole lot and I’m not sure what that is exactly. Maybe I’m just crazy and this is a product of the drug fueled 70s, but it feels like a movie with a deep core, even if that core is dark and unclear at times. The movie really is a bit of a roller-coaster ride, as it proceeds from start to finish. Starting off as more of a drama filled detective story with a religious twist to it. By the time the films wraps, you’re in a whole other world of sci-fi and horror, with what you see being pretty twisted. I don’t know if everyone would say it is a good or bad thing, but you see some things here that will just stick with you. It is clever and cool from a visual standpoint, but from a mental area, you could also say it is pretty messed up. I wasn’t sure where the movie was going when the killers all started their “God told me to” stuff, but I was pretty shocked at where it all ends up. Even if it’s a whole lot of weird (and I love weird for the record). As a matter of fact, I probably think around the hour and five-minute mark the films “jumps the shark”, so to speak, but here is a time when I’d call that a good thing. It keeps you on your toes. After that I just figured anything and everything was fair game and stopped trying to add logic to it and I suggest you do the same. Not that a film with a plot of God telling people to commit mass murder really had much logic to start with, but work with me here will ya? Andy Kaufman actually has a small part in this (apparently his first film) and women parts pop up in odd places, only adding to the wackiness of this one. While you don’t get Gone with the Wind quality here or anything, what you do get is a train wreck on film that is oddly entertaining and worth watching despite that odd comparison.

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To describe a movie as being so bad it’s good is a term I’ve used for films such as Pieces in the past, and it applies here again to this film. And when I say that I actually never mean that in a bad way, even if some might mistakenly assume it as such. There is some crazy stuff here (I can’t stress that enough). There is also some visually inspiring stuff here as well. The story is all over the place, but it stays entertaining. As the good detective goes from case to case hearing the same phrase from each killer, to the point he’s shaking people who are dying wildly just to hear it being said again, you get about a zillion other elements tossed in to complicate things even more. As this continues on for an hour and a half you’ll either find yourself laughing when you probably shouldn’t be at very odd and random things, or you’ll find yourself strangely interesting in the odd story and the twists that come your way. And as shocked as I am to admit it, you will be entertained every step of the way regardless of how wild the twists get. The plot here isn’t a bad one. Heck, it’s kind of ballsy to say the least. What is done here with the plot presented goes about as well as something like this could go and still have the film see the light of day. I wasn’t sure what I was getting going into this for the first time and I’m not sure I was anymore ready here the second. And after watching it again, I’m still not 100% sure what I even saw, but I did not hate it what so ever. The acting isn’t bad, there’s a little blood, and there’s a whole, whole lot of weird and crazy sprinkled on top. I’m ashamed to admit it, but this was my first Larry Cohen film (that he had directed, I’ve seen a LOT he wrote), and I got to say it was very “Cronenberg-like”..Or maybe that was just the odd placing of the random vagina the movie throws at us?

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Extras

– Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
– Heaven & Hell On Earth – Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco
– Bloody Good Times – Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill
– God Told Me To Bone – New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen
– Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen
– Theatrical Trailers
– TV Spots
– Poster & Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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*Screenshots taken from Mondo Digital Review*

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