The Devil's Theme

by cedarcubical | created - 25 Jan 2017 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

At some point in all of these movies the Dies Irae Theme (A.K.A. The Devil's Music) can be heard. Classical composers have been quoting the theme for hundreds of years and that has branched over into film scores, as well. Will continue to add to the list as I hear more. Hail, Satan (...just kidding.)

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1. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 12,763

1995 Score by Art Zoyd

2. Malamondo (1964)

110 min | Documentary

This documentary looks at strange behaviors and practices in Europe, including nude skiing in Switzerland, hog-butchering in Italy, and an orgy in a graveyard.

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Don Backy, Adriano Celentano, Riccardo Cucciolla, Marvin Miller

Votes: 38

3. Nightmare Castle (1965)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance.

Director: Mario Caiano | Stars: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné, Marino Masé

Votes: 1,990

4. Fists in the Pocket (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé, Liliana Gerace

Votes: 3,347

5. The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)

Unrated | 174 min | Drama

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, John Huston

Votes: 4,377 | Gross: $34.90M

6. Galileo (1968)

105 min | Drama, History

A humble scientist from Padua proves that the Earth revolves and that it is not the center of the universe. He has few supporters and many enemies. When Giordano Bruno dies a martyr's death... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Cyril Cusack, Georgi Kaloyanchev, Nikolay Doychev, Miroslav Mindov

Votes: 182

7. Escalation (I) (1968)

89 min | Comedy

1968, London. Luca (Lino Capolicchio), the son of an Italian rich owner, is living his 'swinging' years away from duties and responsibilities while his father wants him to be introduced to ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Faenza | Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Claudine Auger, Gabriele Ferzetti, Didi Perego

Votes: 68

8. The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

R | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 2,059

9. Vampire Circus (1972)

PG | 84 min | Horror

As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins, John Moulder-Brown

Votes: 3,182

10. A White Dress for Marialé (1972)

92 min | Horror, Thriller

As a Child Mariale witnesses her father kill her mother. Years later, she spends her life with little contact from the outside world living in a gloomy castle. One day, however Mariale ... See full summary »

Director: Romano Scavolini | Stars: Evelyn Stewart, Ivan Rassimov, Luigi Pistilli, Pilar Velázquez

Votes: 312

11. The Devil Is a Woman (1974)

R | 105 min | Drama

The Mother Superior of a convent wields power in its most vicious forms. And as she as she destroys the people in her care, she herself becomes her own victim as she draws on all her spiritual powers to drive out the tempter.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Glenda Jackson, Claudio Cassinelli, Lisa Harrow, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 88

12. Obsession (1976)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Sylvia Kuumba Williams

Votes: 7,906 | Gross: $1.00M

13. Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)

PG | 200 min | Horror

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia

Votes: 18,691

14. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 793,244 | Gross: $44.02M

15. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 130,537 | Gross: $76.61M

16. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

16 Metascore

Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Director: Danny Steinmann | Stars: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Suzanne Bateman

Votes: 29,914 | Gross: $21.93M

17. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan

Votes: 33,939 | Gross: $19.47M

18. Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

R | 90 min | Crime, Horror, Action

A supernatural, maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner, Bruce Campbell

Votes: 5,388

partial theme used

19. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky

Votes: 85,103 | Gross: $41.48M

20. I'm Dangerous Tonight (1990 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

When Amy turns an ancient Aztec priest's cloak into a dress, she discovers it's cursed and whoever wears it comes under its evil influence.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Mädchen Amick, Corey Parker, Daisy Hall, R. Lee Ermey

Votes: 521

21. Quest for the Mighty Sword (1990)

PG-13 | 94 min | Fantasy, Adventure

Once upon a time a god gave a mighty sword to the king of Aquiles to bring justice to his people. Now he wants it back - but the king rather gives his life than the sword. Goddess Dehamira,... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Eric Allan Kramer, Margaret Lenzey, Donald O'Brien, Dina Morrone

Votes: 588

22. Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992)

R | 98 min | Action

Chappy discovers a drug-smuggling scheme at his own air base. It turns out that the lives of some village people in Peru are at stake, and he decides to fly there with ancient airplanes and friends to free them.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Rachel McLish, Paul Freeman, Horst Buchholz

Votes: 2,563 | Gross: $2.52M

23. Demolition Man (1993)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

34 Metascore

A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society.

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 146,821 | Gross: $58.06M

24. Needful Things (1993)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

Director: Fraser C. Heston | Stars: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer

Votes: 20,542 | Gross: $15.19M

25. The Shadow (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In 1930s New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle

Votes: 21,795 | Gross: $32.06M

26. Wolf (1994)

R | 125 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 49,505 | Gross: $65.01M

27. Crimson Tide (1995)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven, George Dzundza

Votes: 94,359 | Gross: $91.40M

28. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

The Looney Tunes search for a man's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey diamond.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Heather Locklear

Votes: 30,360 | Gross: $20.99M

29. Indigo Prophecy (2005 Video Game)

M | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is forced to go on the run after he unwillingly becomes involved in a series of supernatural crimes that have haunted New York City.

Director: David Cage | Stars: David Gasman, Paul Bandey, Sharon Mann, Doug Rand

Votes: 2,541



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