Tonight's marathon is all about witnessing peoples experiences and dealings with the devil. There is only one pure simple fact that can be said about all of these experiences with him....If you breach his contract, then your ass is toast. Tonight we experience some of the most intense and powerful experiences people have when encountering pure evil, and realizing that in order to truly overcome and defeat it, one has to make the ultimate sacrifice. We have on our menu for this evening:
The Exorcist 1973, Constantine 2005, The Devils Advocate 1997, and End of Days 1999
We begin the evening with one of the scariest films of all time. The Exorcist is one of the last great horror films in cinema and scared the socks off millions of people since it's release in 1973. The Exorcist deals with a young teenage girls mother trying to seek help from two priests to perform an exorcism on her daughter after a strange entity takes possession of her body. The Exorcist is the perfect start for this marathon as it begins the theme of a young girl being possessed by the devil as a form of evil emerging from the darkness. Its essentially a classic tale of good vs evil with the fight to save one girls soul from being totally corrupted. The second film in the lineup is Constantine starring Keanu Reeves and Rachael Weisz. In this supernatural tale, an irreverent supernatural detective named John Constantine is an exorcist whose been to hell and back. His soul has been sentenced to hell and he tries to get on good terms with God by deporting demons yet God wants self sacrifice. Rachael Weisz's character investigates the mysterious suicide of her twin sister and goes out in search of the truth. Together Constantine and Angela battle the demons of the earth. This film is more over the top and sadistic than The Exorcist by showing us the first physical appearance of Satan played by Peter Stormare, It also begins a two part story arc involving Keanu Reeves hunting demons in this film and being manipulated by one in the next film. The third movie in the lineup is The Devils Advocate. The Devils Advocate deals with an exceptional Florida lawyer played by Reeves who always sets out to win every court case he takes. He is offered a job in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss propelling him to take the biggest opportunity of his life. However, that opportunity doesn't come without a cost which ultimately is to make a deal with the devil. Al Pacino gives what is probably the greatest performance of the devil in film history, and is the only film where Keanu Reeves showed some true acting talent. The final film of the evening is the action packed blockbuster End of Days starring Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Gabriel Byrne. End of Days begins at the end of the century in the year 1999 when Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex cop named Jericho, who becomes assigned to protect the man that's being controlled by the devil and protect the woman whose meant to be the devils wife to bear his child, that'll bring about the end of civilization. Gabriel Byrne gives probably the second best performances as Satan behind Al Pacino, and Arnold Schwarzeneggar gives one of his most humane performances here as a broken down cop whose experience loss at the hands of pure evil but while battling the devil, slowly rediscovers his faith.