Screen Junkies » Devil http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:35:11 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Unbreakable 2′ Is Now A ‘Night Chronicles’ Movie…Kind Of http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/m-night-shyamalan-now-just-mixing-and-matching-movie-plots/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/m-night-shyamalan-now-just-mixing-and-matching-movie-plots/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:44:22 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30675 M. Night Shyamalan wrote a series of new stories, then realized one of them was a sequel to Unbreakable. Or perhaps the other way around.

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M. Night Shyamalan wrote a series of new stories, then realized one of them was a sequel to Unbreakable. Or perhaps the other way around. I guess that’s how things work in his world.

In an incredibly convoluted series of events, Shyamalan turned the story that would have been his sequel to 2000′s Unbreakable, the last Shyamalan film that stood up to any critical scrutiny, into the third episode of his Night Chronicles series instead. It’s uncertain how far Shyamalan went down development of the story before realizing that he could repurpose his idea for an Unbreakable sequel (by changing the villain) and turn the story into a “standalone” film. Strange that he chose the word “standalone” to describe the story that will be the third entry in his newest series of movies, but no one has understood Shyamalan’s thought process in years, so…whatever.

Surprised that Shyamalan was developing a series of stories? Yeah, we all were. Not content with disappointing fans one story at a time, Shyamalan has decided to produce his next films in a more efficiently disappointing serial fashion, having begun with Devil, his last release which he wrote and produced, but didn’t direct.

In short, M. Night took his expansion of his last good plot and decided to retool it. He reassures (threatens?) us that an Unbreakable sequel is in the pipeline, but his original idea for the film is now going to be something else entirely, so he’s back to square one as far as ideas for the sequel go. This will come as devastating news to Shyamalan’s remaining fans. More specifically, his mom and his nephew. (MTV)

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Review: ‘Devil’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-devil/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-devil/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I just went to the midnight show of Devil for fun with a friend, but it turned out to be so entertaining I just couldn’t stop thinking of things to...

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I just went to the midnight show of Devil for fun with a friend, but it turned out to be so entertaining I just couldn’t stop thinking of things to say in a review about it. This is exactly what I want in a movie.

There are three levels to the story. The people stuck in the elevator would be enough of a movie, but it’s also got the cops investigating it as a crime scene and the security and maintenance just trying to fix the damn elevator.

Even without the scary parts, people trapped together would be interesting. It really plays a good game with you as the main characters get onto the elevator. The cops are actually trying to solve this mystery as if it’s real, and that would be a good mystery anyway, but we know they’re also dealing with horror elements.

It’s shot like an M. Night Shyamalan movie. John Erick Dowdle uses the camera to control the viewer and deliver information without having people explain it to you, but in a point of view that feels like Shyamalan just trained a protégé to crank out more M. Night movies while he’s directing other ones. That works for me. I still like M. Night movies.

I must say, I’m really impressed with all the ways they figured out to kill people in an elevator. I really just expected people to suddenly turn up dead but they actually use materials one would find in an elevator.

The movie also gives me a lot of faith in the employment prospects of a major corporation. This office building had so many employees. Not just the people renting office space, but a security staff, cleaning crew and maintenance. How are we having an economic crisis when there are so many jobs available in every skyscraper?

I like the spiritual message of the movie too. It totally works without it. You can ignore it if it’s not your thing, but I’m into that spirituality. The dialogue is simple basics, but it’s pure and artful. You can tell us about character and ideas without trying to sound clever for clever’s sake.

Full disclosure, I’ve always been an M. Night defender. I think he’s always made exciting movies where nothing happens. That’s his thing. People loved it at first, even if they wavered on Unbreakable, but then they turned on him. That’s not fair. You can’t tell someone you love what they’re doing, but then you want them to change.

So I’ll give him a Lady in the Water now and then. At least a crazy M. Night ego trip is far more entertaining than your average Hollywood filler. The Happening is one of the lesser but still interesting thrillers where nothing happens, more memorable than The Village to me.

Look, if you don’t like him anymore, fine. You don’t have to keep seeing his movies. There’ve got to be viewers like me though, and if we can get more M. Night with him just as writer and producer, great. Actually, I don’t care who makes it. I just want more movies like Devil where they take a limiting concept and explore way more creativity than I ever thought possible.

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10 Most Bad-Ass Devils in Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/10-most-bad-ass-devils-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/10-most-bad-ass-devils-in-film/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Devils and demons have possessed the silver screen in many formats, from comedies to cartoons, CGI depictions, psychological thrillers, and fantasy worlds. Yet the most bad-ass, ripsnorting, fire breathing incarnations that we remember are the ones that send chills down our spines. With Devil taking over theaters Friday, I thought I'd compile a list of the 10 most bad-ass Devils in movies. Nothing is better than witnessing your favorite actor playing the ultimate screen villain of old Beelzebub himself. Hail Satan!   Al Pacino as John Milton - The Devil's Advocate While the movie is just a silly combination of John Grisham novels meets the production designer of Rosemary’s Baby, there's plenty of hot and steamy sex with Connie Nelson and Charlize Theron. Plus Al Pacino plays the devil, so do I really need to say anything more?  

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Devils and demons have possessed the silver screen in many formats, from comedies to cartoons, CGI depictions, psychological thrillers, and fantasy worlds. Yet the most bad-ass, ripsnorting, fire breathing incarnations that we remember are the ones that send chills down our spines. With Devil taking over theaters Friday, I thought I’d compile a list of the 10 most bad-ass Devils in movies. Nothing is better than witnessing your favorite actor playing the ultimate screen villain of old Beelzebub himself. Hail Satan!

 

Al Pacino as John Milton – Th Devil‘s Advocate

While the movie is just a silly combination of John Grisham novels meets the production designer of Rosemary’s Baby, there’s plenty of hot and steamy sex with Connie Nelson and Charlize Theron. Plus Al Pacino plays the devil, so do I really need to say anything more?
 

Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre – Angel Heart

Don’t be fooled by the man’s name: Louis Cyphre — say it slowly out loud now. He’ll make you sign deals that you won’t even remember. Robert De Niro plays him with an intensity that chills your soul, and what’s even more disturbing is that he looked to director Martin Scorsese as his inspiration. I knew Marty was into some dark stuff.

 

Voice of Mercedes McCambridge as Pazuzu – The Exorcist

While the so-called demon named Puzuzu inhabiting Linda Blair may not be the actual Devil, this is his number one go-to demon in making life a living hell for innocent kids and tired, old priests who have lost their faith. If the scene with the masturbating crucifix scene doesn’t give you the creeps then I’m pretty sure you have no soul to steal.

 

Gabriel Byrne as The Man – End of Days

The Devil in the film can piss fire, take on Arnold Schwarzenegger, and bed a mother/daughter threesome within a three-day period before the new millennium hits. If that’s not bad-ass to the bone multi-tasking then I don’t know what is.

 

Tim Curry as Darkness – Legend

The ultimate ripped and red creature played by Tim Curry battles Tom Cruise for unicorn horns and a mystical land while listening to the 80s iconic dark tones of Tangerine Dream. There isn’t any mention of drugs being passed around amongst the characters in this film, but it’s hard to believe someone wasn’t on set at all times passing out psychedelic stamps or copies of Dianetics to get to another level of crazy. Then again, Ridley Scott knew how to make amazing fantasy worlds and far out demonic images back in the day.

 

Emmanuelle Siegner as The Girl – The Ninth Gate

The mysterious hot biker chick played by Polanski’s wife is never officially revealed to be the devil, but once odd book keeper Johnny Depp and her get it on in the forest, it’s implied that his soul now belongs to the devil. Who ever thought that reading could be so dangerous for the soul? Besides Nazis.

  

Harvey Stephens as Damien Thorn - The Omen

We all know rich little school boys are evil, but this one happens to be the actual devil incarnate, and poor old man Gregory Peck gets shot trying to end all the evil deeds that little Damien has done. While making The Omen, director Richard Donner was nearly rundown by a mysterious car and even a couple crewmembers were even killed in a horrible set accident. Curse or coincidence for this devil movie?

 

Viggo Mortenson as Lucifer – The Prophecy

A heavily bearded Viggo Mortensen makes a brief appearance as Lucifer showing up at the climax in the ultimate battle between B-Movie angels versus humans. At the movie’s climax, Lucifer proceeds to eat the heart of fallen angel Gabriel, played by Christopher Walken, who surprisingly hasn’t played the diabolic demon yet.

 

Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne – The Witches of Eastwick

The man with the most devilish looking grin this side of hell gets his chance to rattle the bones and souls of the New England town on Eastwick. Jack Nicholson seems very much at home pulling wicked pranks and having raucus orgies with desperate housewives Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Nicholson shows how cool you can be by playing someone so bad.

 

Max von Sydow as Leland Gaunt – Needful Things

Max von Sydow has run the gambit of religious roles, from playing Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told to fearful Father Merrin in The Exorcist, to playing The Devil himself in Needful Things. The movie itself is a pretty poor adaptation of Stephen King’s mega novel about The Devil coming to the fictitiously famed town of Castle Rock to collect souls for his antique shop, but Sydow with his deep voice and retro clothing style gives the movie a much needed boost in how to scare the old fashioned hell out of you.

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12 Most Bad-Ass Devils In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/12-most-bad-ass-devils-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/12-most-bad-ass-devils-in-film/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Devils and demons have possessed the silver screen in many formats, from comedies to cartoons, CGI depictions, psychological thrillers, and fantasy worlds. Yet the most bad-ass, ripsnorting, fire breathing incarnations that we remember are the ones that send chills down our spines. With Devil taking over theaters Friday, I thought I'd compile a list of the 12 most bad-ass Devils in movies. Nothing is better than witnessing your favorite actor playing the ultimate screen villain of old Beelzebub himself. Hail Satan!   Al Pacino as John Milton - The Devil's Advocate While the movie is just a silly combination of John Grisham novels meets the production designer of Rosemary’s Baby, there's plenty of hot and steamy sex with Connie Nelson and Charlize Theron. Plus Al Pacino plays the devil, so do I really need to say anything more?  

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Devils and demons have possessed the silver screen in many formats, from comedies to cartoons, CGI depictions, psychological thrillers, and fantasy worlds. Yet the most bad-ass, ripsnorting, fire breathing incarnations that we remember are the ones that send chills down our spines. With Devil taking over theaters Friday, I thought I’d compile a list of the 12 most bad-ass Devils in movies. Nothing is better than witnessing your favorite actor playing the ultimate screen villain of old Beelzebub himself. Hail Satan!

 

Al Pacino as John Milton – Th Devil‘s Advocate

While the movie is just a silly combination of John Grisham novels meets the production designer of Rosemary’s Baby, there’s plenty of hot and steamy sex with Connie Nelson and Charlize Theron. Plus Al Pacino plays the devil, so do I really need to say anything more?
 

Robert De Niro as Louis Cyphre – Angel Heart

Don’t be fooled by the man’s name: Louis Cyphre — say it slowly out loud now. He’ll make you sign deals that you won’t even remember. Robert De Niro plays him with an intensity that chills your soul, and what’s even more disturbing is that he looked to director Martin Scorsese as his inspiration. I knew Marty was into some dark stuff.

 

Voice of Mercedes McCambridge as Pazuzu – The Exorcist

While the so-called demon named Puzuzu inhabiting Linda Blair may not be the actual Devil, this is his number one go-to demon in making life a living hell for innocent kids and tired, old priests who have lost their faith. If the scene with the masturbating crucifix scene doesn’t give you the creeps then I’m pretty sure you have no soul to steal.

 

Gabriel Byrne as The Man – End of Days

The Devil in the film can piss fire, take on Arnold Schwarzenegger, and bed a mother/daughter threesome within a three-day period before the new millennium hits. If that’s not bad-ass to the bone multi-tasking then I don’t know what is.

 

Tim Curry as Darkness – Legend

The ultimate ripped and red creature played by Tim Curry battles Tom Cruise for unicorn horns and a mystical land while listening to the 80s iconic dark tones of Tangerine Dream. There isn’t any mention of drugs being passed around amongst the characters in this film, but it’s hard to believe someone wasn’t on set at all times passing out psychedelic stamps or copies of Dianetics to get to another level of crazy. Then again, Ridley Scott knew how to make amazing fantasy worlds and far out demonic images back in the day.

 

Emmanuelle Siegner as The Girl – The Ninth Gate

The mysterious hot biker chick played by Polanski’s wife is never officially revealed to be the devil, but once odd book keeper Johnny Depp and her get it on in the forest, it’s implied that his soul now belongs to the devil. Who ever thought that reading could be so dangerous for the soul? Besides Nazis.

 

Glowing Eyes and Hairy Hands in Orgy Scene – Rosemary’s Baby

The Devil’s hands and eyes may only appear on screen, but he does want a baby, so he finds a nice Upper Manhattan couple who make friends with the wrong kind, elderly next door neighbors. Director Roman Polanski is said to have made a devil’s bargain when making this eerie demonic movie, as it was shortly released before his wife’s brutal murder and his controversial sex scandal.

 

Harvey Stephens as Damien Thorn - The Omen

We all know rich little school boys are evil, but this one happens to be the actual devil incarnate, and poor old man Gregory Peck gets shot trying to end all the evil deeds that little Damien has done. While making The Omen, director Richard Donner was nearly rundown by a mysterious car and even a couple crewmembers were even killed in a horrible set accident. Curse or coincidence for this devil movie?

 

Viggo Mortenson as The Devil – The Prophecy

A heavily bearded Viggo Mortensen makes a brief appearance as Lucifer showing up at the climax in the ultimate battle between B-Movie angels versus humans. At the movie’s climax, Lucifer proceeds to eat the heart of fallen angel Gabriel, played by Christopher Walken, who surprisingly hasn’t played the diabolic demon yet.

 

Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne – The Witches of Eastwick

The man with the most devilish looking grin this side of hell gets his chance to rattle the bones and souls of the New England town on Eastwick. Jack Nicholson seems very much at home pulling wicked pranks and having raucus orgies with desperate housewives Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Nicholson shows how cool you can be by playing someone so bad.

 

Max von Sydow as Leland Gaunt – Needful Things

Max von Sydow has run the gambit of religious roles, from playing Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told to fearful Father Merrin in The Exorcist, to playing The Devil himself in Needful Things. The movie itself is a pretty poor adaptation of Stephen King’s mega novel about The Devil coming to the fictitiously famed town of Castle Rock to collect souls for his antique shop, but Sydow with his deep voice and retro clothing style gives the movie a much needed boost in how to scare the old fashioned hell out of you.

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What a Twist! Reporter Calls Out M. Night Shyamalan for Crappy Movies (Video) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what-a-twist-reporter-calls-out-m-night-shyamalan-for-crappy-movies-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/what-a-twist-reporter-calls-out-m-night-shyamalan-for-crappy-movies-video/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 M. Night Shyamalan received a less than cordial question from a foreign reporter while promoting his latest film, The Last Airbender, and the director did not mince words in his reply. “I think if I thought like you, I’d kill myself” Shyamalan told the reporter who basically accused the director of selling out in a bid to revive his floundering career. While any director would have bristled at such a rude question, Shyamalan's response would seem to indicate that the reporter hit close to home. And the fact that M. Night felt the need to describe how popular his movies are in France really didn't help his case.Here's hoping Shyamalan's next project, Devil, doesn't suck, so we can all look back on this and laugh nervously, and then maybe hump on each other like monkeys do when they get nervous. What? I saw it on Animal Planet. See sh*t get real for M. Night after the jump.

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M. Night Shyamalan received a less than cordial question from a foreign reporter while promoting his latest film, The Last Airbender, and the director did not mince words in his reply.

“I think if I thought like you, I’d kill myself” Shyamalan told the reporter who basically accused the director of selling out in a bid to revive his floundering career.

While any director would have bristled at such a rude question, Shyamalan’s response would seem to indicate that the reporter hit close to home. And the fact that M. Night felt the need to describe how popular his movies are in France really didn’t help his case.

Here’s hoping Shyamalan’s next project, Devil, doesn’t suck, so we can all look back on this and laugh nervously, and then maybe hump on each other like monkeys do when they get nervous. What? I saw it on Animal Planet.

See sh*t get real for M. Night after the jump.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Devil’ Trailer Doesn’t Look Half Bad http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/m-night-shyamalans-devil-trailer-doesnt-look-half-bad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/m-night-shyamalans-devil-trailer-doesnt-look-half-bad/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Eat your heart out, Inception! Devil, a new film written by M. Night Shyamalan, doesn't look half bad. In fact, after viewing the trailer below, I think I actually want to see it. But then again, that's why Shyamalan is considered a master. He has the uncanny ability to take a film with an interesting premise and bankable stars and turn it into a steaming pile of dog poo. "The first released under “The Night Chronicles” banner, Devil is directed by Quarantine helmers the Dowdle Bros from a story by M. Night Shyamalan and script by Brian Nelson. The story reported involves a group of people who are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil." That reminds me of the time I left my brother tied up in the desert all alone because he was possessed by the devil. He kept insisting that he was fine and that I was being paranoid. But that's what the devil does! He makes you doubt yourself. At any rate, a memorial service for my brother will be held this Friday at 1 p.m. Email me for more details. (/Film)See the trailer for Devil after the jump.

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Eat your heart out, Inception!

Devil, a new film written by M. Night Shyamalan, doesn’t look half bad. In fact, after viewing the trailer below, I think I actually want to see it. But then again, that’s why Shyamalan is considered a master. He has the uncanny ability to take a film with an interesting premise and bankable stars and turn it into a steaming pile of dog poo.

"The first released under “The Night Chronicles” banner Devil is directed by Quarantine helmers the Dowdle Bros from a story by M. Night Shyamalan and script by Brian Nelson. The story reported involves a group of people who are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil."

That reminds me of the time I left my brother tied up in the desert all alone because he was possessed by the devil. He kept insisting that he was fine and that I was being paranoid. But that’s what the devil does! He makes you doubt yourself.

At any rate, a memorial service for my brother will be held this Friday at 1 p.m. Email me for more details. (/Film)

See the trailer for Devil after the jump.

 


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Devil http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/devil/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/devil/#comments Wed, 14 Jul 2010 01:12:04 +0000 Reza F. Director:  Drew Dowdle and John Erick DowdleCast: Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Bokeem Woodbine, Caroline DhavernasSynopsis: A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them. Based upon a story by M. Night Shyamalan.Release: September 17, 2010

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Director:  Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle

Cast: Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Bokeem Woodbine, Caroline Dhavernas

Synopsis: A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them. Based upon a story by M. Night Shyamalan.

Release: September 17, 2010

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