me and a friend are currently writing (well, she's writing, im just offering suggestions/editing) a short film featuring a faustian pact and are looking for inspiration, does anyone have a favourite on-screen depiction of lucifer (or satanic/diabolic characters in general)? here are a few of mine: 1) Michael Kitchen- Brimstone and treacle http://youtu.be/VJUgs8R4VeQ couldn't find a clip this is brimstone and treacle, a play written by dennis potter for the play for today series (where mike leigh made his name), it was banned for 11 years by the director of TV programs on the grounds that it was "nauseating" although "brilliantly made". you can see why, Dennis potter was in the midst of a personal crisis, and it appears he poured all of his hatred, bile and anger at the world into this work, its incredibly nasty. the thing about this satan, or "martin" as he's known in the film, is how mindlessly evil he appears to be. this isn't to say that he lacks intelligence, most of the play features him ingratiating his way into the house of a middle class couple through extreme, calculated emotional manipulation, but he just doesn't seem to have any goal beyond being evil for the sake of being evil, this is a real strength for his character, and i'm not sure i've ever seen a portrayal like it. Usually the devil has some understandable objective, not here, it's practically nihilistic. 2) Joseph Mawle- hearltess http://youtu.be/8gNC6tdxhDo Phillip Ridley's heartless is a proper faustian pact film and takes a lot of its cues directly from the faust legend, there's a lot of familiar devil imagery here- such as the limp and the withered right hand, even his servant belle, named after the demon belial (although its possible to read a devilish deception here; is "papa B" really Beezlebub? and if so, would that make the innocent seeming belle, the one that jamie trusts, Lucifer himself?) the thing that really stands out about Mawle's performance is how tired and world-weary he is, resigned to his role. he really has that depressed, cast-out-of heaven misery going for him. 3) Robert Mitchum- night of the hunter http://youtu.be/mhyy2KyMdys so, not technically the devil (but then, its hard to prove it of the previous two either) but Robert Mitchum's character in Night of the hunter is pretty devilish in many ways, like martin in Brimstone and Treacle, he passes himself off as being a kind hearted man in order to ingratiate himself into a polite household, but with a secret malevolent puropse. spectacularly sinister, and prone to violent rages, he's a really great screen presence here. 4) Faust (1926) http://youtu.be/7TCfNFckx6Q just included this because it's awesome, seriously, lookit.