Satanic but not Satan: Signs of the Devilish in Contemporary Cinema

  • Author(s): Adam L. Porter
  • When: 2013-04
  • Where: Journal of Religion & Film
  • Scholars have paid much attention to identifying and analyzing Jesus and Christ-type characters in film. The parallel cases for Satan and satanic characters have been less studied. Some attention has been paid to examining Satan/Lucifer/the Devil as a character (akin to movies about Jesus), but I could find no systematic typology of satanic traits, that would parallel the well-developed Christ-typologies. This article examines six films to begin the process of describing what makes a character "satanic" without being Satan.

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