The Devil has been represented in many film genres, including horror, comedy, the musical, fantasy, satire, drama, and the religious epic, and in these works has assumed many shapes and forms. This work explores in detail feature films from the year 1913 through the year 2000 that depict the Devil. It begins with an overview that discusses how the devil has been portrayed on stage, how that portrayal carried over to the big screen, and what are the standard elements of a satanic plot. Each entry in the filmography includes such particulars as the year of production, running time, and the names of the writer, editor, cinematographer, producer, and director. An evaluative rating, annotated cast list, plot synopsis, and film appraisal are also provided for each film, as well as a spotlight on the performance of the actor playing the role of Satan.
The late Charles P. Mitchell was a professional librarian and served two terms as chairman of the Southern Maine Library District. He wrote major film articles for Classic Images, Filmfax, Big Reel and Videoscope. He lived in Millinocket, Maine. His writings about music appeared in High Fidelity, The Listening Post, Goldmine, The Forecaster, and The Music Box. He also hosted radio shows about classical music in New York City and Portland, Maine.