Iconoclastic New York-based filmmaker Larry Cohen has always stood apart from the Hollywood crowd, inventing new subgenres of exploitation that are invariably bizarre, unpredictable, and clever, even when they don't quite work. The hugely entertaining GOD TOLD ME TO, a supernatural
psychological thriller that's almost horror, sort of science fiction, is among his very strongest works.
NYC cop Peter Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco) is obsessed with a string of seemingly unrelated mass murders, all perpetrated by nondescript people claiming that God told them to do it. Discovering that each of the murderers apparently knew a Bernard Phillips, he visits Bernard's mother, ...