Devil’s Games: 20 Movies About Satan

The battle between good and evil has been going on for thousands of years – and since the 20th century, cinema has begun to portray the eternal conflict. On the screen, the main enemy of the human race did not take on any guise, but his methods remained unchanged. Dark forces go, as before, along the shortest path to man, tempting with earthly blessings and power. In films about the devil, there is always a place for mysticism, fantastic events and battles for the souls of heroes.

Witch’s Curse (2020)

The action of the new movie takes place in the 17th century, when Europe was engulfed in deadly epidemics . Grace’s husband becomes infected with the plague and considers suicide the only way out. Left without a breadwinner with a newborn baby in her arms, a young woman receives an obscene proposal from the landowner. The man promises to save Grace from paying the rent if she agrees to become his mistress. The woman refuses, and in retaliation the landowner declares her a witch. Once in the chamber of the inquisitors, the heroine of the film realizes with horror that the devil himself visits her at night.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Reckoning

Genre:
Drama, horror

Actors:
Charlotte Kirk, Sean Pertwee, Stephen Waddington …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Mister Devil (2019)

Roman inspector Furio Momente is assigned a difficult murder case, as the accused is a teenager . Carlo claims that the deceased Emilio was the Antichrist who tore his own sister to pieces. The investigator will have to understand the motives of the crime, where cruelty, prejudice and true faith are closely intertwined. A film about demons and the devil will appeal to fans of spaghetti horror and dark twisted thrillers.

Original title:
Il signor Diavolo

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Gabriel Lo Giudice, Filippo Franchini, Cesare Cremonini …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Campus (2018)

Young Morgan returns to her hometown for her father’s funeral, unaware of a terrible family secret. Robert Wainwright died without fulfilling his end of the deal with the Antichrist, and the debt passed to his daughter. Morgan finds herself in a terrible time loop , where her death becomes the finale. Death is followed by resurrection and another brutal murder, in which Satan takes a piece of the girl’s soul. Morgan is trying to figure out how to break out of the vicious circle and keep himself in this hell.

Original title:
The Campus

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, detective

Actors:
Rachel Amanda Bryant, Britney Sheridan, Scott Menville …

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 4.3

Age limit:
16+


Until the Devil Calls (2018)

The story of the greedy Lesmana continues the list of the best films about Satan. Many years ago, a man made a deal with the Antichrist, asking for financial well-being, but success and wealth quickly left the head of the family. After the death of his wife, Lesman remarries, which leads to a deterioration in relations with his daughter. Years later, the girl comes to her father, who is on his deathbed, and he bequeaths her old house. The heiress goes to the mansion for documents, where genuine horror awaits her.

Original title:
Sebelum Iblis Menjemput

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Chelsea Islan, Pevita Pierce, Ray Sahetapi…

Country:
Indonesia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
18+


Sonata (2018)

The famous composer Richard Marlow left his family for a career, but his daughter inherited her father’s talent. Rose became a violinist, although after the divorce of her parents she never met her dad. Richard commits a strange and terrible suicide, and his daughter inherits an old mansion. The girl discovers a sonata written by her father with mysterious symbols in the score. Rose begins to decipher the mysterious signs, unaware of their dark power.

Original title:
The Sonata

Genre:
Thriller

Actors:
Freya Tingley, Rutger Hauer, Simon Abkarian…

Country:
Russia, Great Britain, Latvia, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


American Devil (2017)

Members of an aspiring rock band drop out of school for rehearsals and future fame, but talent is not capable of creating money out of thin air. The guys get acquainted with a man, and he recognizes the huge potential in the musicians and offers a deal with dark forces. Success is not long in coming – and from that moment all the fun begins in the horror film about the devil. Performers are trying to regain control over their own lives, until they crossed the fatal line.

Original title:
American Satan

Genre:
Thriller, drama, music

Actors:
Andy Biersack, Boo Boo Stewart, Ben Bruce…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Little Evil (2017)

American comedy horror film about a stepfather and stepson. Gary marries the beautiful Samantha and adopts her five-year-old son, Lucas. A man cannot find a common language with a boy around whom mysterious things are happening. Gary signs up for psychotherapy where the other stepfathers share their problems, but the situation with Lucas turns out to be much more serious. The child is the real Antichrist, to whom everything human is alien.

Original title:
Little Evil

Genre:
Comedy, horror

Actors:
Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


In the power of the devil (2016)

Schoolgirl Lisa suffers from bulimia and is attacked by her classmates. The plot of the American horror movie is ideal for a list of films about the devil – after all, the girl has nowhere to wait for help, and such teenagers easily become prey to dark forces. Adults do not take her problems seriously, Lisa has no girlfriends – and at this moment Satan offers the perfect deal. The girl will gain power over others, which will allow her to take cruel revenge on the offenders.

Original title:
Devil’s Domain

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Michael Madsen, Madi Vodane, Linda Bella…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 3.4

Age limit:
18+


Deathly Hallows (2015)

On the outskirts of a provincial town, a house with a bad reputation is empty – a monstrous murder was committed within its walls. Visiting artist Jesse buys a home for next to nothing, rejoicing at a bargain. The man dreamed of living in a cozy mansion with his family, but the restless spirits are not happy with the new owners. Jesse draws scary pictures, falling into a trance, and another masterpiece pushes him to investigate the mystery of the gloomy house.

Original title:
The Devil’s Candy

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
18+


Shout at the Devil (2015)

The film about the Antichrist will introduce viewers to the talented artist Miriam, who is going through hard times. A woman travels after her divorce from her husband, trying to find her place in this vast world. Once in the majestic basilica, Miriam makes an unusual request to Satan. She begs to return her husband and give her happiness – and upon her return a miracle happens. The artist meets her husband, moves to a cozy house and hopes to start a new life, but the prince of darkness has his own plans for a woman.

Original title:
Scream at the Devil

Genre:
Thriller, detective

Actors:
Shari Shattuck, Eric Etebari, Jane Park Smith…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 2.5

Age limit:
16+


Rite (2011)

Michael Kovak is a seminary graduate who came to the Vatican to study exorcism. The young man is skeptical because he does not believe in the omnipotence of Satan. The guy’s teacher is Father Lucas, who practices the ritual of exorcising demons from people. Michael witnesses an incredible phenomenon, and the student’s faith in otherworldly forces grows stronger every day.

Original title:
The Rite

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga…

Country:
USA, Hungary, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Devil (2010)

In the American metropolis, a normal working day begins, and a huge high-rise building is filled with office workers. Unfamiliar people enter the elevator, the cabin starts moving, but after a while it stops. All of the Stranded have skeletons in their closet, but only one is a true darkspawn. A movie about the devil is worth watching for lovers of detective thrillers and mysticism – as the plot develops, the identity of the suspect will change.

Original title:
Devil

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


The Last Exorcism (2010)

Marcus Cotton is a famous exorcist who exorcises powerful demons from the human body. No one knows that his magical rites are just a beautiful picture and clever special effects, so the services of a specialist are popular. Marcus is invited to a provincial town where an innocent girl is at the mercy of evil. The exorcist does not suspect that this time tricks will be powerless in the face of Satan.

Original title:
The Last Exorcism

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bar…

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Ghost Rider (dilogue, 2007 and 2012)

A thriller about a noble young man who wants to save his father from death has entered the top of scary fantasy films about the devil. Mephistopheles offers Johnny Blaze a contract. The guy’s father will be healed of cancer, and the son will have to complete a few simple tasks. Johnny agrees, but Satan never makes a deal without a catch and benefit for himself.

Original title:
Ghost Rider

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Thriller

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley …

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
16+


Omen (2006)

The famous horror film about a devilish child with an unusual birthmark that looks like three sixes. The family of diplomat Robert Thorn suffered a tragedy – the death of a newborn son. The father is heartbroken and does not know how to tell his wife about what happened, but the priest offers the perfect way out of a difficult situation. In a neighboring ward, a woman died during childbirth, leaving the boy an orphan. Robert agrees to adopt the baby, which leads to a string of accidents.

Original title:
The Omen

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller, melodrama, adventure

Actors:
Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davy-Fitzpatrick …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


The Devil and Daniel Webster (2004)

Fantasy film about the devil in the comedy genre – a new adaptation of the story by Stephen Vincent Benet, which attracted the attention of the audience with a stellar cast. An aspiring writer fails again, throws a typewriter out of the window, and agrees to a deal with the main devil, or rather, with the devil for fame and fortune for 10 years. When it comes time to fulfill his end of the bargain, the best-selling author hires successful lawyer Daniel Webster to terminate the agreement.

Original title:
Shortcut to Happiness

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy

Actors:
Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Blinded by Desires (2000)

For the sake of obtaining a human soul, Satan appears before the victims in various guises. This time, the crafty Antichrist chose the image of a seductive beauty to get close to the modest programmer Eliot. The guy gets the opportunity to fulfill seven cherished desires, giving in return his immortal soul. And in an instant, the life of a deceived computer scientist turns into hell on earth.

Original title:
Bedazzled

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Francis O’Connor …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Ninth Gate (1999)

A highly rated foreign film about the devil and demons will tell an old legend. An ancient legend says that anyone who passes through the nine gates of hell will be able to summon Lucifer. Collector Boris Balkan decides to check the authenticity of the legend – and goes on a journey, using clues from old books. For the correct interpretation of the symbolism, the man hires the expert Corso, who is ready for anything for the sake of money.

Original title:
The Ninth Gate

Genre:
Thriller, detective, fantasy

Actors:
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin …

Country:
France, Spain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


End of the World (1999)

Through the centuries, a prophecy was transmitted about the coming of Satan, who would descend to earth in search of a bride. The prediction comes true at the end of the next millennium, starting the countdown to the death of mankind. But the keepers of the legend did not take into account a small detail: in the modern world there is a hero who is ready to stand in the way of dark forces. Former detective Jericho Kane, after a personal tragedy, does not believe in God, but he cannot allow Lucifer to calmly walk the streets.

Original title:
End of Days

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action movie, thriller

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Devil’s Advocate (1997)

An unsurpassed classic of cinema and decades later collects rave reviews from viewers. Young lawyer Kevin Lomax does not hesitate to defend real villains if a high-profile case can attract public attention. Another victory in court does not go unnoticed, and a promising specialist is invited to a New York company. The lawyer and his wife are given the best conditions, and the mysterious client prefers to remain in the background for now.

Original title:
The Devil’s Advocate

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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