Six Six Six Creepy Portrayals of Satan on Screen

In 2 Corinthians 11:14, the Bible says that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” That’s as far as the Bible goes in actually describing Satan’s physical appearance, as well as those of his demons, who are similarly described as in disguise as “apostles of Christ” and “servants of righteousness.” The artists’ renditions of Satan – encouraged by the Church’s assimilation of pagan deities as “false idols” and pagan traditions as “evil” – make Satan out to be an amalgamation of various gods from the cultures that preceded them and that were being stamped out and slandered by Christianity. To me, Satan and his henchmen sound more like modern-day evangelists, Westboro Baptists and sex offending Catholic priests – pretending to be the bastions of good, using their power, privilege or mind-boggling self rightiousness to use and abuse people who believe in them. Funny what a small percentage of Christians make that connection…

Anyway, cinema has played its part in shaping the 20th and 21st centuries perception of the greatest evil on earth. Satan has been played in his more traditional, red and horned supernatural state, as well as in human form, with an all too familiar aura of human evil. Below are six movies that did Satan justice in their portrayal of him (in no particular order):


Angel Heart (1987)

We like Robert De Niro. We like Lucifer. The two together as one are a perfect marriage of creepy charm and evil. We even did a shirt featuring Louis Cypher.


The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

1987 was a good year for Satan in film. Jack Nicholson is Darrell Van Horn, a weird, hilarious and scary guy who is probably the Devil. Satan’s handmaidens turn against him. And there’s some destruction of patriarchy metaphor in there as well.


The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Al Pacino as the Devil. If De Niro did it, then you know Pacino had to do it. He’s fucking pissed as only Pacino can be. And Keanu’s emotive ass is in it. It doesn’t get any better!


Prophecy (1995)

Viggo Mortensen as a young, hot, mean as fuck Satan. “I can lay you out and fill your mouth with your mother’s feces.” Now that’s fucking evil! Christopher Walken plays Gabriel, and the two get good and gory together. Moral of the story: all angels are evil.


Passion of the Christ (2004)

Christians orgasmed over this sadistic gore-porn from Mel Gibson. Anti-semetic propaganda, no doubt. But this Satan, while fleeting, is definitely one of the most chilling of any I’ve seen, and carrying a creepy baby to boot. And in true Mel form, Satan is a deathly pale woman, played by Rosalinda Celentano, who almost looks and sounds transgender, the antithesis of the hairy, manly, bronzed Jesus. Mel hates women, non-cisgendered people and Jews. I could be wrong, I’ve never seen the movie on principle, but this scene makes me want to watch it.


Legend (1985)

Tim Curry as an almost cartoon-like Satan, but fucking awesome in every way. He’s the Lord Darkness, the fucking Unicorn Slayer. If only he slayed Tom Cruise, this movie would be perfect. Watching this with the kids tonight.


Any more suggestions? Who’s your favorite cinema Satan?


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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation webzine and clothing alongside her husband Sean.


  1. Corrie
    April 24, 2016 at 6:25 am — Reply

    Tilda Swinton in Constantine.

  2. Dave Mack
    April 23, 2016 at 12:56 pm — Reply

    The bloke in Crossroads. Mint

  3. April 23, 2016 at 11:14 am — Reply

    My favorite portrayal of satan is in the messenger. Story about joan of arc. It isnt as a horror type, just the antithesis of faith. Reason and logic, trying to persuade her away from faith. Joan appears delusional or to others, on a spiritual quest.

  4. April 22, 2016 at 11:51 pm — Reply

    I don’t think the Lord of Darkness in Legend was meant to be Satan, but some other role in a completely unrelated mythology.
    He’s shown speaking to a statue he calls “Father”, whom I assume was the previous Lord of Darkness. Their relationship being more akin to Melkor and Sauron in Tolkein’s mythology.

  5. Tomasz
    April 22, 2016 at 11:49 pm — Reply

    Hellraiser’s Leviathan obelisk. Just an object emitting beams of dark negative energy

  6. April 22, 2016 at 11:25 pm — Reply

    Doesn’t Corinthians 11:14 say “does not nature teach you that, if a man has long hair, it is a shame to him”?

    • April 23, 2016 at 12:26 am — Reply

      Corinthians also says “a man of rotund stature is a Good Man and all shall show him homage”

    • April 23, 2016 at 12:28 am — Reply

      Perhaps we need to rethink who the godparent is on Sunday then?! 😋

    • April 23, 2016 at 12:32 am — Reply

      Go and take photos of tube stations then. #trainspotter

  7. April 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm — Reply
  8. April 22, 2016 at 10:54 am — Reply

    Satan was hot in The Passion. And Baby Uncle Fester Antichrist seemed pretty cool too.

  9. April 22, 2016 at 10:32 am — Reply


  10. April 22, 2016 at 9:45 am — Reply

    Interestingly this post comes just below one about Pierre Clementi, who played a memorably melancholy, hippified Satan in Bunuel’s The Milky Way.

  11. April 22, 2016 at 9:35 am — Reply

    Was this lifted from Bloody-Disgusting? List is the same.
    Admittedly your headline is better.

  12. April 22, 2016 at 9:04 am — Reply
  13. April 22, 2016 at 8:48 am — Reply

    I like Viggo Mortensen. Kind of subtle but really sinister.

  14. April 22, 2016 at 7:46 am — Reply

    svtvn is soooo rvd

  15. April 22, 2016 at 6:15 am — Reply

    Tom Waits in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

  16. April 22, 2016 at 1:59 am — Reply

    Peter Stormare in Constantine, only in the movie for like one scene but certainly memorable.

  17. April 22, 2016 at 1:52 am — Reply

    The cover photo is just a young Iain Duncan Smith..

  18. April 22, 2016 at 1:13 am — Reply

    Whats the baby on top of the article from?

    • April 22, 2016 at 2:04 am — Reply

      The Passion of the Christ. That Mel Gibson movie.

    • April 22, 2016 at 2:20 am — Reply

      Thanks. Have it at home, but never came around to watch it, is it any good aside from the gory whip scenes?

    • April 22, 2016 at 8:42 am — Reply

      It’s actually a quite good movie, historically accurate and well made

  19. April 22, 2016 at 12:56 am — Reply

    Satan in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “The Gospel According to St Matthew.”

    Satan, like Jesus, is a human being, nothing more, nothing less.

  20. April 22, 2016 at 12:28 am — Reply

    Rudolph John Doane

  21. April 22, 2016 at 12:24 am — Reply

    Satan in “The Devil Rides Out” is also pretty cool.

  22. April 22, 2016 at 12:20 am — Reply

    Jukus Sepada Francisco Maria Arvin Marcial

  23. April 22, 2016 at 12:16 am — Reply

    Legend, the Prophecy and Constantine for sure.

  24. April 22, 2016 at 12:13 am — Reply

    Wicked child jaja

  25. April 22, 2016 at 12:11 am — Reply

    Peter Stormare in Constantine is a favourite.

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