(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we get a bit devilish and go looking for great movies starring Satan or his imps.)

Satan. Beelzebub. Lucifer. Ol’ Scratch. Big Red. Old Horny.

The name might change along with the look, but the one constant in Satan’s numerous onscreen appearances is that he’s something of a jerk. He’s always spreading evil, stealing souls, and being a general pain in the rear end for no reason beyond a simple desire to cause suffering. The devil is a fairly frequent visitor to the silver screen, and he’s unbound by genre, gender, or general guidelines – because he’s the devil.

Tim Curry’s devil (Legend, 1985) is big and imposing, Robert De Niro’s (Angel Heart, 1987) is mysterious and fond of eggs, Elizabeth Hurley’s (Bedazzled, 2000) is playfully wicked, John Carpenter’s (Prince of Darkness, 1987) is a mathematically inclined jar of swirling goo, Bill Cosby’s (The Devil and Max Devlin, 1981) is currently serving three to ten in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility – the list of memorable appearances by the devil is legion. But what about the lesser known ones? The onscreen devils that haven’t passed over from hell into the undying hellscape that is pop culture?

Keep reading for a look at some of the best movies you haven’t seen starring the devil… or reasonable facsimiles thereof.

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War for the Planet of the Apes trailer

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with a new trailer for one of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters? (There are plenty of ways, but just go with me on this.) Yesterday, 20th Century Fox unveiled a new Father’s Day-themed War For the Planet of the Apes trailer that focuses on the ape leader Caesar’s (Andy Serkis) legacy, and how his constant battle with humanity is eating away at him.

That’s not exactly a cheery Father’s Day message, but it’s fitting for a movie that’s already earned terrific early buzz for its bleak depiction of violence. Check out the War For the Planet of the Apes Fathers Day trailer below.
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Battleship and Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg is moving towards a big-screen drama that is more akin to his football-themed work than most of the other stuff on his CV.

In fact, the potential film in question is Father’s Day, based on the book of the same name by original Friday Night Lights book author Buzz Bissinger. Despite the author, however, this isn’t a sports drama, but a family story. The book is subtitled ‘A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son,’ which should give you some idea of the about-face this would be if it turns into Berg’s next feature after Battleship. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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