Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Devil’s Advocate

Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Starring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves,Charlize Theron, Judith Ivey.

Plot: Reeves, a talented young attorney, gets offered the chance ofa lifetime–a coveted position at a prestigious New York law firm,owned by the powerful Pacino. Reeves and his wife, Theron, jumpat the opportunity and relocate to “the dwelling place ofdemons.” Soon after arriving, Theron realizes that they’vebeen drawn into something evil, with the diabolical Pacino atthe helm. The couple discovers that Pacino is Satan, and he’sReeves’ dad. Will Reeves claim his birthright at the expenseof his soul?

Contributing Genres: Thriller-Suspense, Fantasy, and Psychodrama.

Dialogue: It’s well-written and contains much social commentary. The intelligent,well-delivered script enhances the film.

Monster Type: Satan and his minions.

Gore Factor: Aside from mild demon morphing and one suicide scene, the filmis pretty tame.

Scariness/Suspense: A sense of impending doom heightens the scare factor and plottwists create suspense.

Target Audience: A relatively intelligent audience that will appreciate the subtlesocial commentary.


Contemporary Horror