God Told Me To/Venom [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Venom
  • Audio commentary with director Piers Haggard
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Tv spots
  • Poster & still gallery
  • Talent bios
  • God Told Me To
  • Audio commentary with writer/director Larry Cohen
  • Larry Cohen bio

Synopsis

The Legend of Spider Forest
The Legend of Spider Forest is also known as Venom, though it bears no relation to the 1982 Klaus Kinski film of that title. Artist Simon Brent goes on working vacation to Bavaria. While in the forest, he meets an alluring young woman. She turns out to be the dreaded "Spider Goddess," who works hand and glove with mad scientists to kill victims with poisonous venom. An interesting if shoddily made variation on the Dracula legend, The Legend of Spider Forest might make a neat companion feature to Arachnophobia. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

God Told Me To
Released theatrically as God Told Me To, this inventive film from "B"-movie auteur Larry Cohen was later re-named Demon after television distributors refused to air it under the original title. The convoluted, tabloid-flavored storyline (predating the kind of stories frequently featured on The X-Files) involves a series of motiveless murders committed by various New York residents: a sniper picks off targets from a water tower; a mild-mannered father murders his entire family; and a cop (Andy Kaufman, of all people) opens fire during a St. Patrick's Day parade. The only consistent pattern to the crimes involves the perpetrators' calm admissions of guilt, explaining, "God told me to." While investigating the murders, devoutly-Catholic police detective Peter Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco) is increasingly troubled by evidence of a Christ-like figure named Bernard Phillips (Richard Lynch) who appeared to each of the killers and can't seem to shake the feeling that his own fate is inexplicably linked to this mysterious being. As he comes closer to the truth, his worst fears are confirmed -- particularly after a telling conversation with Bernard's tormented mother (Sylvia Sidney), who reveals the horrifying secret of her son's unnatural birth. Cohen has often used the "B"-movie format to address rather lofty concepts, and this is certainly no exception -- tackling no less than the existence of God and the nature of human beliefs -- but clumsy editing and an outrageous FX-heavy finale tend to obscure this film's unique vision. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Neda Arneric
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    Simon Brent
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    Sheila Allen
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    Derek Newark
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    Gerard Heinz
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