Dance with the Devil

Something good happens, "It's His will." Something bad happens, "He moves in mysterious ways."
-Gabriel Byrne at "Satan" in END OF DAYS





Today, at the Institute

October 13 - International Festival of Festivals (Author: Sea Hag)

Blournal Entry - Hyperion whines about his Fantasy League Running Back Situation (thereby proving just how big a nerd he is)

Blournal Entry - Cleveland hates Old People

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[The following list comes from 2005, but I added pictures and some updated comments. The only possible reason you wouldn't want to look at it is if you are a pedophile. Are you a pedophile? Well, then get reading!]


THE TOP TEN APPEARANCES OF THE DEVIL IN ART (BY WHICH WE MEAN TV OR MOVIES, BECAUSE NO ONE ACTUALLY LIKES PLAYS)


Honorable Mention: Bill Cosby (THE DEVIL AND MAX GOULD) and George Burns (O GOD, YOU DEVIL) – Neither movie or performance is what you’d call good, but they get points for playing against type (more on that later in the week)

Dishonorable Mention: Elizabeth Hurley (BEDAZZLED) – If the horned one was going to be a woman, obviously she’d be a blonde.



#10 Peter Stormare (CONSTANTINE) – A tiny part, but one played with chilling effectiveness. [2007 update: that's the guy from Prison Break and the car commercials!]



#9 Viggo Mortensen (PROPHECY) – I have to take Ajax’s word for this, which is why he only goes here. If I saw the movie I might rank him higher. [2007 update: why don't more women want to sleep with him? He's incredibly sexy]




#8 Tim Curry (LEGEND) – The only good thing about this movie



#7 Max Von Sydow (NEEDFUL THINGS) – I was going to go with Randal Flagg from THE STAND, but Sydow just creeps me out. [This is actually Sydow from a different movie, but I thought it more appropriate]



#6 Walter Huston (THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER) – Okay, Scratch isn’t your typical devil, but I kind of like this more innocent take. [2007 update: "Scratch" is one of your more underused words. I'm thinking of making it a big part of the new lexicon.]



#5 Devil-Flanders and Satan from SOUTH PARK – Of course leave it to animation to get it right. I especially love Satan in SOUTH PARK the movie. How often do you feel sorry for the guy? [2007 update: If I had skull-head briefs, I would so wear them]



#4 Gabriel Byrne (END OF DAYS) – I love Love LOVE that scene in the restaurant. (I can’t even print it here.) [2007 update: two years ago I had never even heard of You Tube. Here is the clip of what I'm talking about, right after the devil possesses Byrne. I wish they would go back and make the movie again, but just about Byrne. This is such an awesome performance.]




#3 Jack Nicholson (THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK) – Do you have time for a quote from Jack?

“Do you think God knew what He was doing when He created woman? Huh? No shit. I really wanna know. Or do you think it was another one of His minor mistakes like tidal waves, earthquakes, FLOODS? You think women are like that? S'matter? You don't think God makes mistakes? Of course He does. We ALL make mistakes. Of course, when WE make mistakes they call it evil. When GOD makes mistakes, they call it... nature. So whaddya think? Women... a mistake... or DID HE DO IT TO US ON PURPOSE?”



#2 Al Pacino (THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE) – Again, how much do I love the restaurant scene? I like how (at least for awhile), Pacino underplays his John Milton. Also that red-headed daughter? Why can’t she be naked in every movie? (This should be a law)

and the number one appearance of Lucifer in art.....



#1 Robert DeNiro (ANGEL HEART) – This movie scared the hell out of me, not the least of which was DeNiro’s Louie Cipher (Lisa Bonet scared me too). I would have loved to seen an entire movie on DeNiro here. Powerful stuff.

Big thanks to Ajax for helping me create this list.

[See the original post, along with all the cool comments made back then]

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