God Told Me To (1976)
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Nomination Year: 2013
SYNOPSIS:  New York City is plagued by a series of apparently random multiple killings. The only link: the perpetrators, when asked why they did it, all reply "God Told Me To."

We watched this movie in honor of St. Patrick's Day, and it didn't disappoint. On the Smithee front, Andy Kaufman going nuts and gunning down half a dozen people in the St. Patrick's Day Parade was worth the price of admission, and the sudden wry twist really pushed things over the top.

You see, when the extremely religious detective investigating the killings starts to REALLY dig deep into things, he discovers that beneath the surface it's alien babies all the way down.

That's right: the whole film suddenly morphs into a cross between Rosemary's Baby and Chariots of the Gods. It turns out the killings are being triggered by an alien / human hybrid baby who is all grown up now and flexing his mind-control muscles in preparation for becoming a new Messiah. Also, Moses and Jesus may have been alien / human hybrid babies too. But that's okay, because it turns out that the detective is ALSO an alien / human hybrid baby who was given up for adoption long ago. As such, he is able to resist the mind control, kill the "new messiah" and thwart the alien takeover of Earth.

I think. This is another one of those films that looks like it was edited with a Cuisinart. Plot elements and special effects shots are frappe'd together with accelerating randomness as the end credits approach.

We went into this hoping for a cheesy 1970s detective drama, and got much MUCH more than we bargained for.

"Let's Up The Rating To 'R'"

It's Naked! It's a Woman! It's....
Our hero investigates the mother of one of the victims. She remembers being abducted by aliens, many years ago. The aliens are clearly mass-conscious, because they leave behind her clothing

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Sandy Dennis  
Andy Kaufman "Latka" on Taxi, he was also a dadaistic comedian 
Harry Madsen does a lot of stuntwork 
Director Claim to Fame
Larry Cohen brief cameo in Spies Like Us 

Matt Quirk

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