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God Told Me To Details


Released theatrically as God Told Me To, this inventive film from "B"-movie auteur [[Performer~P85412~Larry Cohen~larrycohen]] was later re-named [[Feature~V13172~Demon~thedemon]] after television distributors refused to air it under the original title. The convoluted, tabloid-flavored storyline (predating the kind of stories frequently featured on The X-Files) involves a series of motiveless murders committed by various New York residents: a sniper picks off targets from a water tower; a mild-mannered father murders his entire family; and a cop ([[Performer~P37092~Andy Kaufman~andykaufman]], of all people) opens fire during a St. Patrick's Day parade. The only consistent pattern to the crimes involves the perpetrators' calm admissions of guilt, explaining, "God told me to." While investigating the murders, devoutly-Catholic police detective Peter Nicholas ([[Performer~P6072~Tony Lo Bianco~tonylobianco]]) is increasingly troubled by evidence of a Christ-like figure named Bernard Phillips ([[Performer~P43946~Richard Lynch~richardlynch]]) who appeared to each of the killers and can't seem to shake the feeling that his own fate is inexplicably linked to this mysterious being. As he comes closer to the truth, his worst fears are confirmed -- particularly after a telling conversation with Bernard's tormented mother ([[Performer~P65554~Sylvia Sidney~sylviasidney]]), who reveals the horrifying secret of her son's unnatural birth. Cohen has often used the "B"-movie format to address rather lofty concepts, and this is certainly no exception -- tackling no less than the existence of God and the nature of human beliefs -- but clumsy editing and an outrageous FX-heavy finale tend to obscure this film's unique vision. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:July 11, 1979


Sandy Dennis
as Martha Nicholas
Robert Nichols
as Fletcher
Alan Cauldwell
as Bramwell as a Youth
Bobby Ramsen
Vida Taylor
as Miss Mullin as a Girl
Randy Jurgensen
as Detective Squad
Tony Lo Bianco
as Peter Nicholas
Alex Stevens
James Dukas
as Doorman
Peter Hock
Harry Bellaver
as Cookie
Mason Adams
as Obstetrician
Sylvia Sidney
as Elizabeth Mullin
Dan Resin
Harry Madsen
Sherry Steiner
as Bernard's Mother as a Young Woman
Al Fann
Andy Kaufman
as Police Assassin
James Dixon
Mike Kellin
as Deputy Commissioner
Richard Lynch
as Bernard Phillips
Sam Levene
as Everett Lukas
Deborah Raffin
as Casey Forster
Lester Rawlins
as Board Chairman


Larry Cohen
Larry Cohen
Larry Cohen
Paul Glickman
Janelle Webb
Frank Cordell
Composer (Music Score)
Artie Mandelberg
Chris Lebenzon
Costume Designer
Steve Neill
Special Effects