Quite by accident, this past weekend we watched two movies that dealt with Satan’s domination of the Earth.
In Prince of Darkness (1987) we are told a tale of the subtle beginnings of the takeover. In the basement of a Catholic church resides a large glass jar chock full of Satan. Turns out he’s a green, slimy critter that the Church has kept hidden away for centuries. Quite coincidentally, he’s decided to hold his coming-out party the same weekend that a group of scientists and linguists stay over to study the jar.
The priest (Donald Pleasance) that asked them to make the study has hopes that proving the existence of Satan will somehow save the world from his evil but considering how easy it is to convert/brainwash human beings (turns out Evil is a water-borne disease) I don’t think any of them have much of a chance.
This movie is more of an atmospheric film than an effects-laden project and hinges on its strong writing, good direction and charismatic performances by its actors.
And, as a bonus, it stars a Brother Simon (Jameson Parker).
The second Satan-is-coming film is an all-out Apocalyptic nightmare called This is the End (2013). During a party at James Franco’s house, the Rapture occurs. The good are sucked up by a blue beam of light while most of those left behind are sucked down into fire and lava-filled pits.
No one at Franco’s house sees any blue beams of light and it takes a while for any of them, excepting Jay Baruchel who did see the blue beams while outside with Seth Rogen, to accept the truth of what has happened. Hell is now on Earth, and I’m not talking about Danny McBride’s films.
I liked this movie quite a bit. It’s hilarious in places and Michael Cera’s distorted version of himself is worth the price of a rental (assuming you can tolerate crude humor). However, it is very dude-bro heavy and the one main female cast member is on-screen for about five minutes.
If you can get past that and can tolerate the crudeness (which is mostly very funny) I do recommend the film. Even Jonah Hill was funny and Danny McBride was tolerable – which is high praise coming from me. (Seriously, have you ever seen Your Highness? That movie would have been pretty decent if McBride hadn’t been in it.)