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C.K. CHANDLER
based on a screenplay by Larry Cohen
God Told Me To


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Ballantine, New York, 1976
(price: 65p; 170 pages)


The blurb on the back:

A busy street. A young sniper wantonly slaughters fourteen people and then quietly walks to his own death...
In a neighbourhood supermarket a mild-mannered mechanic picks up a knife and begins randomly slaying defenseless customers...
In a quiet, comfortable apartment, a happily married man calmly murders his wife and two children...
The crimes have no motives. The killers have no connection. But in each case their explanation is the same:
GOD TOLD ME TO
Only Lt Detective Peter Nicholas has reason to think differently -
and it's the most terrifying reason of all...


Without wishing to teach anyone's grandmother how to suck eggs, Larry Cohen is one of the great auteurs of modern cinema: if you don't know his work, then start with The Stuff and move swiftly on to Q - The Winged Serpent and then It's Alive! You won't be disappointed.

Gold Told Me To (also known as Demon) isn't as good as those masterpieces - it hasn't got the genius of Michael Moriarty in it, for a start - but it's still more fun than most mainstream movies and much more intelligent than most horror flicks. A series of seemingly normal people suddenly turn into killers and all offer the same justification for their actions. This being a Cohen movie (he wrote and directed), the investigation into the 'Voice-of-God' murders spins wildly off into unexpected areas, including alien abduction.

As normal, the book ain't half as good as the film, but it would still be a perfectly adequate 1970s horror novel in its own right.

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ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
3/5


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