God Told Me To (1976)

There’s nothing quite like a Larry Cohen horror movie, in particular his ’70s and ’80s output, and you can see his touch all over everything here. There’s the gritty streets of New York City that often populate his movies, the out-there plotline that unapologetically digs down on its B-movie roots, the continued presence of police officers, and an almost apocalyptic vibe that permeates the proceedings. Here, we follow Tony Lo Bianco as a detective investigating a series of strange murders where the killers all repeat that God told them to do what they’ve done, even those with no prior religious convictions. What follows transpiring is a truly bonkers narrative that includes everything from grisly mass murders to alien visitors to divine malevolence, with a sprinkle of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” running through its veins. By the time you get to the climax the whole thing has become absolutely loony and demented in a deliriously entertaining way, and there are plenty of ‘WTF’ moments that propel the narrative forward and make watching the movie with like-minded friends even more fun. A bit of group participation always makes this type of midnight-movie grindhouse classic all the more charming and entertaining, albeit in a casually violent and grisly way, so if you’re into the likes of “Basket Case” and “Maniac Cop” you’ll love this one.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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