Another Nicolas Cage movie is almost upon us – Drive Angry. It’s been too long since that witch movie no-one cared about was released. He certainly has a habit of picking bizarre films (see how he picks his roles here), but his next one looks kind of fun… I think. Anyway, the film is essentially him breaking out of hell to make sure his infant granddaughter isn’t sacrificed by some cult. It’s also in 3D which should help the campy premise.
It’s rare that you see a movie depict hell, which is why the list of films is quite short. Regardless, here’s the top ten movies that offer a depiction of hell.
10. Little Nicky (2000)
This film is the best example of how this list could be the ‘top worst films that depict hell’ if simply reversed in order. Little Nicky is one of Adam Sandler’s worst films, but it does offer a goofy glimpse of Satan’s kingdom. Hell is very easy going when run by Harvey Keitel (as we all knew it would be). Easily the lightest take on hell in the entire list.
9. Spawn (1997)
Loosely based on the comic books, Spawn is a super-hero who gained his powers from Satan himself. Spawn agrees to become Satan’s eternal slave and leader of his army in exchange for a trip back to earth where he can get revenge and kick some ass. Hell is fairly stereotypical in this film: lava, beast like creatures, rocks. If your looking for a dark super-hero flick, I recommend watching this (assuming you’ve already seen the Dark Knight 200+ times).
8. Constantine (2005)
Keanu is pretty popular on this list. In this film, he plays the role of John Constantine, who’s caught in the middle of a battle between Heaven and Hell. This guy plays both sides like its his job. Ultimately, Hell is pretty political in this rendition.
7. South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut (1999)
6. Stay Tuned (1992)
5. Drag me to Hell (2009)
You don’t get to see a lot of hell in this film, but you do get a couple of glimpses. It’s also a fantastic movie that really ups the quality of this list in my opinion. In this Sam Raimi film, a young bank teller pisses off an old gypsy who in turn casts a curse that will send the young girl to hell. The film is gross, hilarious and scary at the same time. I really can’t recommend it enough.
4. Event Horizon (1997)
The film isn’t a straight-forward depiction of Hell, but the events that take place could easily be interpreted as such. The movie is focused on a spaceship called the event horizon, where a rescue crew is sent to find survivors. The old crew appears to have been brutally killed, and the same nightmarish events seem to happening to the rescuers. Event Horizon is a disturbing take on Hell, and is definitely worth watching.
3. Hellraiser (1987)
Hellraiser is unique in that Hell is subjective for each individual, as everyone’s worst fears come back to haunt them. Pretty terrifying stuff.
2. What Dreams May Come (1998)
Similar to Hellraiser, Hell resembles the life individuals lived. In the film, Robin William dies and goes to heaven. However he realizes that his wife committed suicide and went to Hell. He sets out to find his wife, who is trapped in her own personalized Hell, which resembles the house they used to live in.
1.Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Out of all the films in this list, none explore Hell to the extent that Bill and Ted did in their Bogus Journey. The two rockers are murdered by robots from the future, and manage to find their way back out of Hell by besting the Grimm Reaper (who becomes a great friend and band mate). In Hell, the duo explore elements of their own psyche and play Clue. Its a pretty wicked film over all.