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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: God Told Me To (1976)

Movie review from Time Out Film Guide:

" A delirious mix of sci-fi, pseudo-religious fantasy and horror detective thriller, with Lo Bianco as the perfect existential anti-hero - a New York cop and closet Catholic, guiltily trapped between wife and mistress. His investigations into a bizarre spate of mass murders lead right to the top: Jesus Christ, no less, is provoking innocent citizens to go on a murderous rampage. The wonderfully insane plot - involving spaceships, genetics and police corruption - builds to an ambiguous climax: a 'gay' confrontation which suggests an outrageous alternative to anal intercourse. God Told Me To overflows with such perverse and subversive notions that no amount of shoddy editing and substandard camerawork can conceal the film's unusual qualities. Digging deep into the psyche of American manhood, it lays bare the guilt-ridden oppressions of a soulless society. "

Starring Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Lynch, Sandy Dennis, a young Andy Kaufman and Deborah Raffin. Directed by Cult director Larry Cohen best known for the IT'S ALIVE franchise, Q and the poorly received RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT, among other films. Most would not know that Cohen created and wrote the spec script for Joel Schumacher's PHONE BOOTH and created the story for the 2004 film CELLULAR.

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