The 20 best movie Devils
Beelzebub, Lucifer, Mr Scratch, Elizabeth Hurley... Whatever you want to call him (or her), he (or she) is constantly popping up in films to ruin someone's day or play a rather catchy musical number. But not all demons are born (well, cast) equal...
With that in mind, we count down the best Devils the big screen has to offer. Why? Because it's Thursday, obviously. Hail Satans!
Played by Peter Cook
The Devil wears Skinny suits, a bow tie and a mop top.
Most Satanic moment Convincing Dudley Moore to sell his soul in return for a thick Welsh accent and a romp with Raquel Welch. Peter Cooks swinging 60s Satan takes Faust and makes him hip.
The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
Played by Rosalinda Celentano
The Devil wears A black robe and a heavy hood.
Most Satanic moment Apart from trying to tempt Jesus into /not/ letting Mel Gibson torture him for three hours, Rosalinda Celentanos androgynous Devil moment creeped everyone out with her ugly, wrinkly old baby in the infamous whipping scene.
The Devil With Hitler (1942)
Played by Alan Mowbray
The Devil wears A three piece suit, a widows peak and two toilet roll tubes on his head.
Most Satanic moment Convincing Hells board of directors that Adolf Hitler has a soft spot (so that they dont give the Fuhrer his own job), and traveling to Earth to try and find it. Spoiler alert he doesnt. But he does fire a rocket up Hitlers arse, lowering the tone of the American propaganda machine a good few notches.
Damn Yankees (1958)
Played by Ray Walston
The Devil wears A white suit and a long, thin bow tie.
Most Satanic moment Twisting the Faust legend around Americas biggest sporting rivalry persuading a schlubby baseball fan that his team, The Washington Senators, can beat the New York Yankees if he sells him his soul. He also sets Gwen Verdons hips wiggling so seductively to a Bob Fosse dance number that the censors had to trim it from the final film.
Rosemary's baby (1968)
Played by Clay Tanner
The Devil wears He only appears in a dream sequence in close up, so we only know that hes wrinkly and noseless (with a gammy eye).
Most Satanic moment Date raping Mia Farrow with a spiked chocolate mousse, causing her to go mad, hate her husband and give birth to the anti-Christ.
The Story Of Mankind (1957)
Played by Vincent Price
The Devil wears Red gloves, a red cravat and a pointy goatee. Also carries a smoking trident.
Most Satanic moment Other than gathering all of Hollywoods once great stars (the Marx brothers, Hedy Lamarr, Peter Lorre) for a monumental turkey, Vincent Prices monologue heavy Mr Scratch tries to convince a space court that mankind should be allowed to blow itself up with a nuclear bomb.
Hells Bells (1929)
Animated by Ub Iwerks
The Devil wears Nothing. Shorten his body, wipe that mad grin off his face and he doesnt look too far away from an early Mickey Mouse
Most Satanic moment Presiding over Walt Disneys darkest, scariest Silly Symphony drinking cauldrons of fire, feeding his minions to dogs, and drumming on the bellies of the damned to the chirpy tune of In The Hall Of The Mountain King.
Angel On My Shoulder (1946)
Played by Claude Rains
The Devil wears No horns, no goatee, no trident. Just a pretty sharp suit and a RADA rich English accent.
Most Satanic moment Letting Scarface himself (Paul Muni) out of Hell so he can help him ruin the reputation of the countrys only honest judge.
Little Nicky (2000)
Played by Harvey Keitel
The Devil wears Monogramed PJs, pointy elf ears, little nub horns and a paintbrush beard.
Most Satanic moment Banishing his idiot son Nicky (Adam Sandler) to Earth so he can rule Hell for another 10,000 years himself. That and shoving a pineapple up Hitlers arse.
Needful Things (1993)
Played by Max von Sydow
The Devil wears A heavy overcoat, a black fedora and a Tom Selleck tache
Most Satanic moment Opening up a really nice antiques shop in a small Midwestern town and selling trinkets in exchange for favours of trickery, bullying and minor violence turning all the friendly neighbours against each other until they start killing themselves.
The Prophecy (1995)
Played by Viggo Mortensen
The Devil wears A black collarless shirt and an Aragorn beard
Most Satanic moment Thwarts a plot to turn Heaven into another Hell (because he doesnt want the competition) but then turns nasty again by ripping out Christopher Walkens heart.
End Of Days (1999)
Played by Gabriel Byrne
The Devil wears The body of Gabriel Byrne, technically (who mostly dresses like a banker).
Most Satanic moment Wrecking Gabriel Byrnes body by facing him off with Arnold Schwarzenegger and a grenade launcher emerging in his true form as a giant winged monster who possesses Arnie.
Played by Peter Stormare
The Devil wears A surprisingly pristine white suit for a man who secretes black tar from his feet.
Most Satanic moment Tearing the cancer from the chest of Keanu Reeves when hes already on his way to heaven just so he has the chance to mess his life up again and get another sentence to Hell (where, presumably, the fans of the comic book are already warming up the pokers)
Played by Elizabeth Hurley
The Devil wears Cheerleader outfits, school uniforms, French maid costumes and sexy undies.
Most Satanic moment Cheating geeky Brendan Fraser out of his seven soul-swapped wishes by twisting the small print turning him into a Colombian drug lord, a gay snob and a basketball player with a tiny penis.
Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (2006)
Played by Dave Grohl
The Devil wears Glowing red skin, massive curly horns and giant hairy goat legs.
Most Satanic moment Trying to beat Tenacious D in a rock-off so he can use Jack Black and Kyle Gass as his personal sex slaves and make them gargle mayonnaise
Angel Heart (1987)
Played by Robert De Niro
The Devil wears A suit and (paisley) tie. Carries a cane. Eats hardboiled eggs.
Most Satanic moment Forcing Mickey Rourke kill his daughter (and a load of other people) in grisly ways, so that he can claim the immortal soul of his favourite lounge singer.
South Park: Bigger Longer And Uncut (1999)
Played by Trey Parker
The Devil wears A little skirt with a skull belt buckle.
Most Satanic moment Ending his hot-tub affair with Saddam Hussein, causing him to go on a post-break up rampage and launch a massive military attack on America (and Canada).
Devil's Advocate (1997)
Played by Al Pacino
The Devil wears Pretty much what Al usually wears, nice Italian suits and black leather jackets.
Most Satanic moment (Almost) convincing Keanu Reeves and Connie Nielsen to conceive the Anti-Christ on his office floor, before giving a bellowing, scenery-munching speech about how rubbish God is. Hes a prankster, a tight-ass, a sadist an absentee landlord!
The Witches Of Eastwick (1987)
Played by Jack Nicholson
The Devil wears Dressing gowns, beany hats and stunningly loud suits.
Most Satanic moment Seducing Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher just for the Hell of it, making them father three baby Anti-Christs and generally acting like a horny old Devil giving Jack Nicholson the role he was born to play.
Played by Tim Curry
The Devil wears A leather waistcoat, a ton of prosthetics and a pair of ridiculously oversized horns.
Most Satanic moment Shamelessly trying to kill the last two unicorns in the world. Presumably because his own horns arent big enough. Add on the shiny red skin, the trident and Tim Currys maniacal grin and they dont get much more Devil-ish than this.