God Told Me To


God Told Me To (1976)



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A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

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Tony Lo Bianco
as Peter Nicholas
Deborah Raffin
as Casey Forster
Sandy Dennis
as Martha Nicholas
Sylvia Sidney
as Elizabeth Mullin
Sam Levene
as Everett Lukas
Robert Drivas
as David Morten
Mike Kellin
as Deputy Commissioner
Richard Lynch
as Bernard Phillips
Sammy Williams
as Harold Gorman
Jo Flores Chase
as Mrs. Gorman
Lester Rawlins
as Board Chairman
Alan Cauldwell
as Bramwell as a Youth
Andy Kaufman
as Police Assassin
Al Fann
as Detective Squad
James Dixon
as Detective Squad
Bobby Ramsen
as Detective Squad
Peter Hock
as Detective Squad
Alex Stevens
as Detective Squad
Harry Madsen
as Detective Squad
Randy Jurgensen
as Detective Squad
Sherry Steiner
as Bernard's Mother as a Young Woman
James Dukas
as Doorman
Mason Adams
as Obstetrician
William Bressant
as Police Officer
Armand Dahan
as Fruit Vendor
Vida Taylor
as Miss Mullin as a Girl
Leila Martin
as Nurse Jackson
Michael Pendry
as Attendant
Dan Resin
as Wall Street Executive
Kevin Alexander Clark
as Wall Street Executive
Marvin Silbisher
as Wall Street Executive
Harry Eno
as Medical Examiner
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Critic Reviews for God Told Me To

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

There were times when I thought the projectionist was showing the reels in random order, as a quiet joke on the hapless audience.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Nov 19, 2010 | Full Review…

Intriguing but exasperatingly uneven.

Jan 31, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

An upsetting film not meant for the timid.

Feb 11, 2004 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Though not among Larry Cohen's most wholly satisfying productions, God Told Me To should prove a worthwhile curiosity to fans of 70's era horror movies told with a decidedly 'cop flick' feel.

Dec 5, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for God Told Me To


A very strange and always intriguing combination of detective crime drama and supernatural horror that must have inspired David Cronenberg with his films and would later be the stuff of films like Angel Heart, with an ending so bizarre that it should be remembered for its audacity.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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
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
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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