The truly bizarre plot behind Larry Cohen's GOD TOLD ME TO involves a citywide epidemic that is causing the people of New York to savagely kill one another. When asked why, each has the same reply: "God told me to." Sounds crazy enough, right? Throw in an omniscient alien who is telepathically commanding the people to kill, and things begin to get a little more strange. With a great amount of influence coming from THE EXORCIST, Cohen similarly explores the subject of faith with a considerably deep and impacting screenplay. The correlations between the events in the film and biblical allegories such as the story of Abraham seem to have a cynical sense of humor depending on the director's intent, as it is never certain whether he is attacking or uplifting the Catholic religion. Tony Lo Bianco is admirable in the role of police detective Peter J. Nicholas, who often reflects Father Karras in his personal struggle of faith in the face of the killings. GOD TOLD ME TO is one of Cohen's most thoughtful films, but certainly not for everybody.
If you liked GOD TOLD ME TO, check out:
THE EXORCIST III, END OF THE LINE, THE NINTH GATE.