Stories of the devil have been told since man sat around fires and used stone tools. But here at Nothing Uncut, we’re more concerned about the tales that have been woven through pop culture within the last century. This list is the definitive ranking of the Dark Lord in film and television, enjoy.
10. JENNY O’HARA IN DEVIL
Jenny O’Hara’s possession by the devil was probably the best part of this film and truly one of the only really scary moments of the film.
09.GABRIEL BYRNE IN END OF DAYS
I’m giving this spot to End of Days. It’s nowhere near perfect, but Gabriel does a great job as Satan and Arnold Schwarzenegger is always a plus… always.
08. ROSALINDA CELENTANO IN THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
The Passion of the Christ is a really divisive film, but I enjoyed it and thought racist ass Melly Gibsons casted an excellent Lucifer. Rosalinda was creepy and weird, kinda how I imagine Satan would look if I thought he was real.
07. SATAN IN SOUTH PARK
Come on, who doesn’t love the South Park Satan? He’s hilarious, I could do a top ten on him alone. He made Saddam Hussein his bitch and millions of us laugh about it.
06. VIGGO MORTENSEN IN THE PROPHECY
Viggo is a killer. Just check the footage. You can’t argue he doesn’t deserve a spot on this list for his role in The Prophecy. “I can lay you out and fill your mouth with your mother’s feces” might be the most brutal line in any movie.
05. MARK MCKINNEY IN THE KIDS IN THE HALL
One of the greatest sketch comedy shows of all time and one of its greatest skits. Mark McKinney is the funniest beelzebub of all time and that guitar lick is exactly what you’d expect the master of evil to belt out.
My top four are all interchangeable for different reasons, so don’t read into the order too much.
04. TIM CURRY IN LEGEND
Tim Curry’s Darkness is the stuff nightmares are made of. No other attempt comes even close to capturing the textbook definition of what the devil looks like.
03. PETER STORMARE IN CONSTANTINE
Peter Stormare is a beast of an actor and highly underrated. You may know him as one of the nihilists from The Big Lebowski, but he also plays a mean ass Lucifer. All that stuff I said about The Passion devil being what I imagine Satan being like, I take back. Stormare really nails it – he pulls off the perfect mix of weird, evil, and dickishness one would expect from the Lord of the Underworld.
02. ROBERT DE NIRO IN ANGEL HEART
You can’t make a list of best devils and not include De Niro in Angel Heart. It’s like Satan possessed Vito Corleone or Travis Bickle, it’s perfection.
01. AL PACINO IN DEVIL’S ADVOCATE
If I had to pick a best Devil… it’s probably Al Pacino’s performance in Devil’s Advocate. It’s total Pacino at his best and with lines like “I’m a fan of man”, how can you not love it?