God Told Me To (1976) (4K Ultra HD REVIEW)

God Told Me To (1976) (4K Ultra HD REVIEW)
Director: Larry Cohen
Starring: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis
RATED: UR/REGION O/1:85/2160p/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Blue Underground

A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. And each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: “God told me to.” Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith, alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind. This is the critically acclaimed cult classic written, produced and directed by Larry Cohen that remains one of the most disturbing and though-provoking horror films of our time: God Told Me To.

God Told Me To, is a movie that really shows its age, but that’s a good thing, not a bad thing. It’s good because it helps with the overall feel of the movie and can at times really beef up the creepy factor. The movie really is a bit of a roller-coaster ride as it proceeds. Starting off as more of a drama with a religious twist to it, by the time the film wraps you’re in a whole other world of sci-fi/horror and what you see is pretty twisted and can probably stick with you a bit for good or bad reasons depending on what you think of it all. I wasn’t sure where the movie was going when the killers all started their “God told me to” stuff, but I was pretty shocked at where it all ends up, even if it’s a whole lot of weird. As a matter of fact, I probably think around the hour and five-minute mark the film “jumps the shark” so to speak. After that, I just figured anything and everything was fair game and stopped trying to add logic to it. Not that a film with a plot of God telling people to commit mass murder really had much logic to start with. Adding to the overall “Hmm?” factor to the movie is close-up shots of female private parts that I didn’t expect at all, those private parts showing up in some rather odd areas, and Andy Kaufman actually having a small part in what was his first film. While you don’t get Gone with the Wind quality here or anything, what you get is a train wreck on film that is oddly entertaining and worth watching to spite it all.

To describe a movie as being soo bad it’s good is a term I’ve used for films such as Pieces in the past, and it applies here again to this film. As the good detective goes from case to case hearing the same phrase from each killer, to the point he’s shaking people who are dyeing wildly just to hear them being said again, you get about a zillion other elements tossed in to complicate things even more. As this continues on for an hour and a half you’ll either find yourself laughing when you probably shouldn’t be at very odd and random things, or you’ll find yourself shaking your head at what you have seen. And as shocked as I am to admit it, you’ll be entertained every step of the way. The plot here isn’t a bad one; it’s kind of ballsy, to say the least. What is done here with that plot goes about as well as something like this could go and still have the film see the light of day. I wasn’t sure what I was getting going into this and after watching it I’m not 100% sure what I even saw, but I did not hate it whatsoever. The acting isn’t bad, there’s a little blood, and there’s a whole whole lot of weird to top it all off. I’m ashamed to admit it, but this was my first Larry Cohen film (that he had directed, I’ve seen a LOT he wrote), and I got to say it was very “Cronenberg-like”..Or maybe that was just the odd placing of the vagina? Regardless on how you feel about the movie or not, the transfer here in 4K is right up there with the rest of the great work turned out by Blue Underground. The movie looks flawless and way better than something this odd probably has any right to look.

Extras

  • BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM THE ORIGINAL UNCENSORED CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • DOLBY VISION/HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
  • NEW DOLBY ATMOS TRACK, plus DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 and 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Troy Howarth
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer/Director Larry Cohen
  • Heaven & Hell On Earth – Interview with Star Tony Lo Bianco
  • Bloody Good Times – Interview with Special Effects Artist Steve Neill
  • God Told Me To Bone – New Beverly Q&A with Larry Cohen
  • Lincoln Center Q&A with Larry Cohen
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Optional English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles for the main feature
  • First pressing only: Limited Edition embossed slipcover featuring new artwork + reversible sleeve with classic artwork
  • REGION-FREE

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