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God Told Me To Details


Released theatrically as God Told Me To, this inventive film from "B"-movie auteur Larry Cohen was later re-named Demon 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 (Andy Kaufman, 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 (Tony Lo Bianco) is increasingly troubled by evidence of a Christ-like figure named Bernard Phillips (Richard Lynch) 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 (Sylvia Sidney), 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


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


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