God Told Me To (1976)




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Something strange is happening to the innocent citizens in New York in this drama. NYC's finest is on the case after a spate of bizarre, utterly senseless killings committed by ordinary people. What is most strange is that before they kill someone, the cheerful murderers explain that God told them to do it. In reality, the hapless killers had been possessed by a demon. The film was originally titled "God Told Me To.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 26, 2003


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Critic Reviews for God Told Me To

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Here the machinery of divine intervention is taken for a freaky secular spin via the familiar cinematic modes of urban realism and even science fiction, and a detective mystery becomes a mystery rite.

Full Review… | August 3, 2015
FilmLand Empire

Possibly the Cohen joint that brims with the most all-pervasive invention and danger

Full Review… | November 19, 2010

Intriguing but exasperatingly uneven.

Full Review… | January 31, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for God Told Me To


Larry Cohen might not be the most sophisticated filmmaker but he is one of the most unbridled in terms of the inherent lunacy of New York. In the harrowingly scary 'God Told Me To', a sniper shoots bystanders from a water tower and Tony Lo Bianco is nonplused to unearth that the culprit committed the heinous in the name of God. Richard Lynch is photographed in a fluorescent halo that gives him both a messianic aura and an otherworldly glow. He is a genuinely galvanizing figure in a furnace room scene where Lo Bianco is unscathed during an uncontrollable fire. Somehow the vise grip wreathes the viewers with an enigmatic angle with Lo Bianco's inquiry over immaculate conception and the second coming of a Christ-like figure. The crisis-of-faith storyline overrides the brainwashing horror but 'God Told Me To' is a crazily ambitious gem in Cohen's forte.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

I can't honestly say I enjoyed this, not entirely anyways. It had a few good moments in it, but not enough to warrant repeated viewings. It started out ok, with everybody getting shot at random...it was actually quite comical. :) I'm still confused on the whole God/Alien/Supreme Being device in the plot, but oh well. It was an interesting attempt anyway.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Freaky, almost an exploitation film about people committing random acts of violence because "God told me to kill." is what they would always say when caught. A detective investigates the strange rash of killings, and then things go off into an unbelievable direction where the detective finds this "god" is more than he ever imagined it would be. A freaky hellish ending. It worked. I felt creeped out. OMG!

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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