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."
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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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
Watter Steele
as Junkie
Walter Steele
as Junkie
John Hefferman
as Bramwell
Alan Cauldwell
as Bramwell as a Youth
Robert Nichols
as Fletcher
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
Adrian Lloyd James
as Prostitute
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)

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 18, 2010

Intriguing but exasperatingly uneven.

Full Review… | January 31, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

An upsetting film not meant for the timid.

Full Review… | February 11, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | December 5, 2002

Not Cohen's best, but perversely fascinating

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

It's an interesting story that works for the most part. The mistery is nice at first, has some disturbing imaginary on a couple of scenes and one or two neat twists but are a bit forced and predictable. Technically, it's a horrible movie to look at with an atrocious camera work and unconvicing soundtrack. Passable.

Francisco  Godinho
Francisco Godinho

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

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