based on a screenplay by Larry Cohen
God Told Me To
Ballantine, New York, 1976
The blurb on the back:
A busy street. A young sniper wantonly slaughters fourteen people and then quietly walks to his own death...
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.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5