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God Told Me To (1976) – Episode 96 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“Don’t ask who I am or how I know, but there’s going to be another of those killings today.” Yes, another of those killings. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they pay tribute to the late Larry Cohen and discuss what is possibly his most underrated film, God Told Me To.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 96 – God Told Me To (1976)

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that “God told them to.”

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Larry Cohen, a legitimate genre legend, passed away on March 23, 2019. With Decades of Horror having already covered three Larry Cohen films – It’s Alive, The Stuff, and Q: The Winged Serpent –  the 1970s’ Grue Crew decided to remember him by delving into God Told Me To (1976).

Bill calls God Told Me To the “Larry Cohen-est” of all the Larry Cohen films and commends Cohen’s all-or-nothing philosophy of filmmaking while tackling the ideas included in this film on a low budget. To Doc, God Told Me To delivers Cohen’s best representation of the New York of the 1970s and delights in his use of stock footage from Space 1999. Andy Kaufman’s role in the film. Jeff reminds everyone of another Mike Kellen role in a legendary 1980s horror film and is again stunned by the “vagina-thing” that makes multiple appearances. Chad’s history with God Told Me To began with a lot of false starts until he eventually discovered the twist within the story and how it parallelled the public interest in Erich Von Daniken’s Chariots of the God.

As you’ve probably noticed, the Grue Crew loves Larry Cohen and loves God Told Me To more every time they watch it. God Told Me To is currently available on Shudder so check it out!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.
Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.