Favorite depiction of the Satan / Devil

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  1. baggio

    baggio Well-Known Member

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    Here's something different.

    What is your favorite depiction of the Satan / Devil in a movie?

    Obviously horror movies first, but it could be any genre of movie. Animation too. What actor really brought the goods? What seemed "real", if at all to you? Hell even funny, if that's where you want to go.


    My favorite would be Viggo Mortensen depiction of the devil in the movie The Prophecy (1995) Something about that performance was uber creepy. Regardless if you believe in or not, it was imo the most "realistic" (if you will) portrayal of the satan. Just Viggo's delivering of the line "I love you more than Jesus!" alone was incredible. Not just that one line, but all of his dialog was very powerful and scary imo.

    Love to hear what everyone's favs are.
     
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    I always thought Victor Bueno in The Evil with Richard Crenna was creepy, but also over the top hilarious.
    The climax to that film is so random and weird.
     
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    Robert De Niro Angel Heart
     
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    You got mine, Viggo as Satan in Prophecy was awesome. My favorite line was "How I loved listening to your sweet prayers every night. And then you'd jump in your bed, so afraid I was under there. And I was!", just chilling. Too bad he didn't come back for parts 2 and 3.:(
     
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    I really liked how John Glover played the devil ("the" satan?) in the short-lived 90's tv show Brimstone. I haven't seen it since it aired, and I'm sure that, like many nostalgiac shows/movies, it would be a collosal disappointment were I to see it today, but my memory of it was that it was really good, and that Glover was great as the devil.
     
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    George Burns in Oh God You Devil. Also the director in Haxan. Danny Elfman in Forbidden Zone? I know... The car in THE CAR!
     
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    Does Tim Curry in Legend count? It damn well should...
     
  9. baggio

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    Yes, that would definitely count. Good choice.


    I thought of another one that I liked.

    Max von Sydow in Needful Things (1993) Just how he turned that whole town against each other, all the while being so approachable and trusting.
     
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    Hell yeah, he was the best thing about that movie.
     
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    To be more serious (well, more serious than Satan being the bottom in a homosexual relationship with Saddam Hussein), how about Telly Savalas in Lisa and the Devil?
     
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    He'd be my 2nd.

    This might not count for most, but I don't think I've ever seen this more potently than in something like Carrie where people have the powers funneled through them.


    2 words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq9_ScfumAs
     
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    Tim Curry, Legend. Always has been and always will be my favorite depiction of the devil.
     
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    Definitely Tim Curry in Legend. That makeup, wow. What an impression he leaves.

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    Tim Curry is great, but Rob Bottin deserves a huge chuck of the credit as well.

    Jack Nicholson in Witches of Eastwick anybody?
     
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    De Niro in "Angel Heart" popped into my head first.

    I've never seen either "Legend" or "The Prophecy" but it sounds like maybe I should check 'em out.
     
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    Peter Cook in Bedazzled is probably my favorite. I like the pettiness of the whole thing. And his monologue about how he "fell" is great. But, mainly, I like the idea that he is really motivated by his love of God and desire to win back God's favor. For a film that is as silly as it is, it's a pretty complicated look at the whole role of evil and problem of free will.

    Most of my other favorites have already been mentioned.

    Curry and the make-up in "Legend" is probably the best visual representation. "Haxan" and whoever was in the goat mask in "Devil Rides Out" get serious nods as well.

    Performance wise, yeah, Mortensen in "Prophecy" is pretty awesome. I too am fond of Savalas in "Lisa and the Devil"

    I've also really liked Peter Stormare in "Constantine" - a very underrated film.

    And Ray Wise made a pretty awesome Satan in "Reaper"

    Was suitably less impressed with Pacino and Nicholson in their respective films. They all struck me as just a bit too human.
     
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    Legend - well worth checking out. There are two versions available. The theatrical is shorter and has music by Tangerine Dream. The director's cut is about 20 minutes longer and has a score my Jerry Goldsmith. I'm in the minority that think the score by Tangerine Dream is better. But, I'd still recommend watching the director's cut. The extra scenes flesh out a couple of moral issues a lot better.

    Prophecy - the film itself is probably a bit weak. But, man, the mythology and world of the whole thing is great. So many interesting ideas floating in the background of this one, that it should be highly recommended to anyone who has an interest in "biblical horror" or even a remote interest just in theology.
     
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    Ron Jeremy as Satan in Devil in Miss Jones 2. LOL Actually, I would have to go with Tim Curry in Legend. He scared the shit out of me when I was a kid.
     
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    Not to go off topic, but how is it underrated? The movie resembles NOTHING of its source material…in fact, it’s almost as if it’s creators never once opened a Hellblazer comic upon its production. It’s a visually appealing film sure, with one or two OK performances, but other than that,… not good. Plus it has Shia LeBeouf in it…no thanks.

    They should have just called it a Prophecy remake and been done with it.
     

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