Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Our Favourite Devils, Satans, Lucifers, and Beelzebubs

We recently watched a film that got the ball rolling on a convo about our favourite devils in film. And this post was born.

It's only fair to start with the Devil that inspired this - Tim Curry in Legend (1985). He played the stereotypical Master of Darkness, complete with red complexion and ginormous horns. The film even won an Academy Award for its makeup. And it was well deserved. Not only was the makeup amazing, but Curry's performance was brilliant.

Now we have a lovely lady filling the role... Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled (2000). She played the role in a likeable way. Even though you knew she was up to no good, she was cheeky and sexy and overall fun to watch.

Next on the list is an animated Satan - that lover of Saddam, that tortured soul from South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (1999). Voiced by Trey Parker, this Satan was the classic type - red and horny.. I mean with horns... living in a fire pit deep below the Earth. But he secretly dreamed of living up above. Awww...

Here we have one of my personal favies, only because old-school Billy Zane totally makes me giddy. In Tales From the Crpyt: Demon Knight (1995), he is the King of the Demons, and in this sexy-rexy scene, he does what the Devil does best - seduces people with his dark charms. I'd totally succumb to this attempt. Just listen to that voice. *Angie melts into a puddle.*

Here we have a different kind of Satanic portrayal - as a man. A bad bad man. In The Devil's Advocate (1997), Al Pacino stars as a partner in a law firm who seduces a young lawyer (Keanu Reeves) to work for him, working all kinds of nasty cases that test the youngin's ethics. And Keanu fails the test.

Again, a singing Satan! Hooray! We're up for musicals anytime, no matter what form they take. In Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006), Beelzebub surfaces for none other than a ROCK OFF! This badass is actually played by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Red, horns, flames, hooves, and a rockin' guitar solo. This Lucifer's got it all.

The Devil wears white! Yes he does! Here we have Danny Elfman's classic portrayal of the D-Man in Forbidden Zone (1982). Singin' and dancin', awesome eye shadow, and jazz hands. Could it get any better?

Peter Stormare gave us another devil in white in Constantine (2004), with his raspy voice and European accent, he scared the poopers out of us.

We only get to see him at the end of the film when he comes to collect, if ya know what I'm sayin'.

And last but not least we have that flame-haired smart-ass from Hercules (1997), Hades - the classic Greek version of what the Devil should be. In the words of the Muses, "If there's one God you don't want to get steamed up, it's Hades." God of the Underworld, that is.

So Hades is voiced by none other than James Woods, who gives him a neurotic, snarky, sarcastic personality that stole the movie, in my humble opinion. I had never liked a villain so much until this film!

Do you have any favourite movie devils that I haven't mentioned?


Jonathan said...

You forgot another great Devil, Harvey Keitel in Little Nicky, and his father Lucifer played by Rodney.

Great movie! Great list! LOVEIT!!

KeLLy aNN said...

I'll be Tim Curry's BeezleBaBe any day!

Great list!

The Floating Red Couch said...

Keyser Soze is the devil. You should add him.

Sonsey said...

Actually you missed a few of my favourites...

Jack Nicholson as the Devil in Witches of Eastwick -"just a horny little devil"...

Gabriel Byrne as the devil incarnate in "End of Days" -really the only good thing in the movie.

And of course Harvey Stephens as the uber creepy young Damian Thorne in the Omen!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen the Devil's
Rain? Ernest Borgnine plays the most ridiculous looking devil I've ever seen.

Oh, and the ambiguously gay satan in Fear No Evil is also money.

Chantale said...

Jonathan - Harvey didn't cut it for us, not one of our favie movies, or devils for that matter! We just couldn't handle Adam Sandler's voice for that long.

Kelly Ann - We heart Tim Curry... even as a shim in Rocky Horror Picture Show. There's just somethink' about him.

Sonsey - Great list!

FRC - Soze is one badass mofo, that's for sure!

Planet of Terror - We'll have to check it out! Thanks for the suggestion!

Reel Whore said...

I've never seen Hercules or Forbidden Zone, but two big thumbs up for all the other choices.

Peter Stormare as Lucifer is the ONLY reason I'd ever watch Constantine again. He was so wicked.

Dan said...

Tim Curry just knows how to do scary monsters! He's terrifying in Stephen King's IT.

Angie said...

Dan - for sure! He traumatized us as children... but then he turns into a spider and it gets kinda stupid...

Critical Movie Critics said...

We did a similar post on this as well. Top honors went to Robert DeNiro in Angel Heart.

Give it a look see: Movie Satans