God Told Me To + The Stuff (w/ Larry Cohen in person!)

Double feature with director Larry Cohen in person!

Live set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard!

GOD TOLD ME TO (“whisper cut”)

In a lot of ways 1976′s God Told Me To remains the quintessential Larry Cohen film. A “genre film” in a truest sense, it blurs the lines between other kinds of exploitation fare as only Cohen can do. What starts as a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about a rooftop sniper quickly turns into a horror movie, then sci-fi, and then incorporates a corrupt cop subplot—all before crescendoing in a trippy super-powered freakout, all in the guerilla-shot vérité New York City that he became famous for. The film, originally titled Whisper, was set to be scored by Bernard Herrmann, but in order to get a special tax credit, Cohen needed to do an advanced screening. So, he produced a 35mm print (sans score) and screened it for one week in one theater in Oregon. Bernard Herrmann died tragically, less than 24 hours after the screening and Frank Cordell was hired to score the film, it was recut, and eventually titled God Told Me To—leaving this original 35mm print a strange anomaly for a movie that never was. Never released on any format or screened again, Cohen has dug up this mystery print (“The Whisper Cut”) for a very special show.

Dir. Larry Cohen, 1976, 35mm, Approx. 90 min.

THE STUFF

It’s sub-Gaian goo so good it’ll tingle your taste buds and enthrall your mortal husk to serve its greater purposes! It’s pink and pint-sized, deadly and delectable, and you won’t mind gobbling it up, because it’s The Stuff, and enough… is never enough. Larry Cohen serves up another scoop of social commentary-laden comedic horror so ambitious and so delicious that your critique-o-meter will be teetering between “genius” and “madness,” as the world is dominated by an evil dessert product bent on controlling the minds of everyone on Earth! With incredible melting marshmallow FX, spot-on parodies of pop culture commercials—and a nutty cast of characters including SNL alum Garrett Morris as the kung fu-wielding “cookie king of New Jersey,” Paul Sorvino as the bonkers extremist militia man, and our eternal fave Michael Moriarty as an industrial saboteur hired by the failing ice cream companies of the world to investigate the evil alternative to America’s favorite confection. So dawn your bib and get ready to dig in to one of the greatest gems of gonzo horror!

Dir. Larry Cohen, 1985, 35mm, 93 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!

Prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive