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The Devil Made Me Do It--My Favorite Witchcraft and Satanist Movies

  • Sep 3, 2009
There are others of course, but these are some of my favorite films that deal with Satanism and withcraft with a Christian bent. As usual they are presented in NO PARTICULAR ORDER OF PREFERENCE.
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DVD front
This literal Polanski adaptation of Ira Levin's novel of the same name stands the test of time because it's grounded in reality--and what's more frightening that reality?
2
The Devil Rides Out
The second in a series of Dennis Wheatley novels about the same characters this film (also known as THE DEVIL'S BRIDE in the US) has an Edwardian charm and inocence about it. I wish they had tried to adapt one of the others, I never tire of watching Christopher Lee in this role.
3
Demon Knight
Billy Zane is The Collector who is after the Key which keeps mankind safe from the forces of darkness that threaten to overwhelm mankind.
4
Simon, King of the Witches
Andrew Prine stars as a hippie?warlock whose spells actually start to work which makes him the center of attention in Los Angeles.
5
Bedazzled
Brendan Fraser is cute in the remake, but that film doesn't have any of the wit of the Peter Cook/Dudley Moore ogirinal which was considered very irreverent for it's time. Cook is the Devil out to chalk up his last few souls so that he can once again ascend to Heaven and sit alongside God as his favorite. Moore is his target.
6
The Prophecy
One of the most unusual films of it's day helped along by an excellent cast headed by Christopher Walken. Look for Viggo Mortensen as Lucifer!
7
Prophecy 2
Gabriel escapes from Hell and intends to make trouble for Jennifer Beals. Russel Wong is yet another Archangel who has plans for Beals, but they're of quite a different nature!
8
Prophecy 3; The Ascent
The series went on for several more films but this was the last one worth watching. Look for one of Sam Raimi's kids at the end as little Michael.
9
Equinox Criterion Collection DVD
See the full review, "Journey Into the Heart of Fandom".
10
The Brotherhood of Satan
Strother Martin is at the center of it all.
11
Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
Pretty much what it says it is. A must see.
12
Curse of the Demon
Some say that showing the demon ruins this film because it removes it from the realm of psychological terror by proclaiming the demon real. I don't think that's true because the only person who ever sees the demon is it's victim--even when it attacks in a crowded public place like a train station.
13
The Day of the Beast (El Dia de la Bestia)
It's Christmas eve and a Spanish priest is sinning like crazy, but he has a definite purpose in mind. This is one of the wildest and craziest movies you'll ever see, but unless you've got a VCR or an all-region DVD player you're out of luck.
14
Highway to Hell
A wrong turn off the interstate leads Charlie and his girlfriend Rachel into a fateful encounter with Hell Cop who grabs the girl and takes her to Satan. What's a guy to do?
15
Crazy as Hell
An egotistical shrink with a God complex confronts a patient who has admitted himself to a pyschiatric hospital claiming that he is Satan.
16
A shy, awkward teenager turns out to be the Antichrist and senior year is going to be hell.
17
BURN WITCH BURN
Adapted from Fritz Leiber's novel Conjure wife, this movie centers on a professor on anthropology at a British university. His life is perfect until one day he learns that his wife has been practicing voodoo!
See the full review, "Sometimes you just don't need special effects in a horror movie".

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September 04, 2009
Check out my "Occult Thrillers" list on Amazon for my variation on this theme.
September 04, 2009
To be sure. I'll probably find a few I forgot and have to add to my list!
September 04, 2009
And let me know what you think. Nobody ever leaves me comments or even reads my stuff over there anymore. I think that Amazon may actually be keeping my stuff obscured so that people won't be offended by my Leftist leanings. Stupid, really, but that seems to happen a lot.
September 04, 2009
I just checked over there a month or two ago (of course times is relative) and you hadn't added anything in so long that I just stopped checking.
September 04, 2009
I don't post reviews but I do answer questions and comments. Generally, I tend to read the reviews here on Lunch, rather than on Amazon because they're easier to find and the feedback is less antagonistic. Still, feel free to send me a raspberry over there or something. ; P
September 04, 2009
I took a breif look anf noticed mostly OMEN and EXORCIST sequels under your Occult heading. FRAILTY is good but it wouldn't fit under my Witchcraft and Satanism heading.
September 04, 2009
"The Golem", "Haxan", "Rosemary's Baby", "Stigmata", "The Ninth Gate", "Prince of Darkness", and the others weren't there?
September 04, 2009
Yeah they were but HAXAN, ROSEMARY'S BABY, and oops, THE GOLEM, I was never sure what I was going to do with THE GOLEM since I had chosen to have this list reflect the dark side of Christianity. The others didn't make the cut.
September 11, 2009
Two films on it that you have to see, if you haven't already, are "Fallen" with Denzel Washington and "The Skull" with Peter Cushing. Also, I've heard good things about Hammer's "To the Devil a Daughter" and "The Devil Rides Out".
September 11, 2009
I didn't care for FALLEN or TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER although I liked the Dennis Wheatley book. THE SKULL had potential that it never really lived up to. And THE DEVIL RIDES OUT is the number 2 film on my list which was released in the US as THE DEVIL'S BRIDE.
 
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