Cast and Crew: Sandy Dennis, Richard Lynch, Andy Kaufman
What It’s About: Detective Peter J. Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco) is on the scene for a series of murders. In each case the killer’s last words are “God told me to” and the killers have no apparent motive for their crimes. Can Detective Nicholas figure out the connection between the murders…and his own past?
Why Watch it Today?: David Berkowitz confessed to the “Son of Sam” murders on this date in 1978. Although Berkowitz first killing was in July 1976, after today’s movie was filmed, there’s an interesting parallel to be made between this film’s killers inspired by external voices and Berkowitz’s delusions of his neighbor’s dog telling him to kill. While God Told Me To‘s resolution isn’t quite as compelling as its set up, it’s well worth a watch, thanks to Larry Cohen’s wonderful use of New York locations and guerrilla film making (including shooting a scene during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade without a permit).