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There comes a point in every villainous actor’s career where someone asks them to play the devil himself (or herself in a few cases). It’s just par for the course. I want to take a look at ten of them, but I want to specifically look at films featuring the classic “deal with the devil” plot in one way or another.

Faust was a character in German mythology who sold his soul to Mephistopheles for years of power. This story has been interpreted time and time again, from episodes of The Twilight Zone to country songs, and there are a whole slew of films dealing with the topic. As with time travel movies, these span across genres, including mystery (Angel HeartThe Ninth Gate), comedy (Bedazzled and the remake), semi-biographical drama (Crossroads), fantasy (Something Wicked This Way ComesThe Imagniarium of Doctor Parnassus) and even legal drama (The Devil’s Advocate).

I’ll be scoring as follows:

Story: 20 Points

Faust: 20 Points

Devil: 20 Points

Supporting Cast: 20 Points

Experience: 20 Points

faust

Well, because I’m sure you all want to read a blogger talk about a 1920s silent film from the German Expressionism era, here goes nothing… (More)

webster

It’s only appropriate to be following Faust with The Devil and Daniel Webster, because William Dieterle… (More)

bedazzled

Since the deal with the devil story dates back centuries, it’s clearly one that’s rife for parody… (More)

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The 1980s were an experimental decade for Disney, leading to not one, but two Faustian films… (More)

crossroads

The classic Faustian legend has found its way into Americana over and over again, but the most famous is probably… (More)

Angel_Heart

While it’s not rare for horror films to have mystery elements, there aren’t too many films with equal parts mystery and horror… (More)

advocate

Today’s movie is one that I’ve learned almost everyone has strong feelings about. Now, no one… (More)

ninthgate

The Ninth Gate is not Roman Polanski’s most famous film involving the Devil. I could have reviewed Rosemary’s Baby, but everyone’s seen it… (More)

bedazzled

In the world of 2016 where basically every movie in history is being remade, it’s easy to write off all remakes as garbage… (More)

dr p

Today’s movie is less known as a “Deal with the Devil” movie or even a Terry Gilliam movie than it is as “That movie Heath Ledger died while making.” (More)

devlinn

As I mentioned in my review of Something Wicked This Way Comes, Disney was trying a lot of new things in the 1980s… (More)

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