With Daniel Radcliffe showing off his horny side in fantasy thriller Horns this week, Top 10 Films and The Reel Deal film show check out our favourite Devils in film…
5. Legend (Tim Curry)
The first film in our top five is an example of a great Devil in a cheesy, forgettable film. Tim Curry’s brilliant performance as the Satanic creature is as terrifying as it is remarkably ridiculous in director Ridley Scott’s odd fantasy about elves, dwarves and other mythical creatures battling to save their world from the Lord of Darkness.
4. The Devil’s Advocate (Al Pacino)
The Godfather himself has a go at the ultimate evil in our film at four. Al Pacino camp’s it up opposite an increasingly perplexed Keanu Reeves who joins a New York City law firm without realising his new boss is the Devil himself!
3. Rosemary’s Baby (Unidentified)
At three is one of the most fleeting but powerful appearances of the Devil in film as director Roman Polanski presides over actress Mia Farrow’s brush with the Prince of Darkness. In this story of witchcraft and devil worship, mild-mannered Rosemary is impregnated with the Devil’s child during a harrowing dream sequence that sees the worst kind of evil personified by a pair of animal-like eyes on a haggard face. The fact Satan turns up for just a brief few seconds makes his appearance here even more memorable.
2. The Omen (Harvey Stephens)
Richard Donner’s terrifying horror The Omen is our film at two. The scariest thing about Harvey Stephens’ depiction of the Devil is that he is just a child. An innocent face and sweet smile mask a haunting evil that brings devastation and death to those that cross his path. Gregory Peck, who plays the unwitting father of the child, begins to suspect something may be very wrong with his son after a series of strange occurrences. But is he powerless to stop him? A classic of the genre, I’m sure you’ll agree.
1. The Exorcist (Linda Blair)
But our number one film is the most frightening of them all. Again, the Devil takes the form of a child, in this case teenager Regan, played by Linda Blair. This haunting tale of possession, despite its roots in the supernatural, is made increasingly unnerving thanks to its recognisable fears – not least the powerlessness of a mother who cannot understand the great evil that has taken control of her daughter. This is made even more interesting by the appearance of the family’s only possible saviour – a Priest who is battling a crippling doubt over his own faith. It all comes together in one of the greatest horror films ever made.