Some Favorite Cinematic Demons

So a Lovely Molly clip has been released, teasingly titled, “The Return of Baphomet,” just in time for tonight’s premiere. As you academic geeks–and cultists–probably already know, Baphomet is the name of a demon the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping. He looked like this.

And he’s been in movies before. Christopher Lee battled him in  The Devil Rides Out.

And all this Baphomet has led me to look at some other favorite cinematic devils and demons.

“Hey, everybody, remember me?”

Pazuzu has pizzazz, that’s why he’s moved beyond the Exorcist franchise and afflicting Linda Blair to afflicting people throughout pop culture. Nice gig for an ancient wind god. He even had a giant statue in London.

Next up is a slightly more mod gentleman, “George Spiggot” in Bedazzled.

Peter Cook is a deeply engaging Devil, tempting and tormenting his comedy partner, Dudley Moore. Sympathetic and just plain rotten at the same time.

Then there’s Peter Stormare’s creepily perfect Lucifer in Constantine. I love his muck-covered bare feet.

He’s not touching you with his mucky feet…

I kind of love the British suitmation demon in Curse of the Demon/Night of the Demon:

And finally, prepare yourself for the soul-freezing, Baphomet-y horror of Jonathan Corbin in The Devil’s Rain

So what are some of your guys’ favorites?

LOVELY MOLLY screening times:
Wed., Sept. 14th, 11:59PM, RYERSON
Thurs., Sept. 15th, 5:15PM, AMC 2
Sat., Sept. 17th, 4:00PM, SCOTIABANK THEATRE 4

One thought on “Some Favorite Cinematic Demons

  1. Devil Rides Out is one of my favorites. Also a big fan of the devil bikers in Race with the Devil, and of course, Dracula's Satanic cult in Satanic Rites of Dracula.

    But Night of the Demon tops them all. That movie is just…man, I love it.

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