It’s Actually 616
If you haven’t already heard the news, you must still be living in the dark ages and burning witches at the stake… 666 is not actually the real number of the beast! Yes, horror fans and metal heads, the real number is apparently 616, according to experts who have analyzed a text fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament dating from the Third Century; which means all those beloved 666 movies are going to need to be refilmed and retitled. Come to think of it, the name of this website is going to need to change too. Bloody hell!
Top Six 666 Movies
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The ultimate Devil-baby movie and simply one of the best horror movies of all time. Apparently Michael Bay is remaking this film so that younger audiences who can’t stand anything older than 66 seconds will have their chance to see it, but it’s going to be hard to outdo Roman Polanski’s brilliant understated classic. The 666 connection? The baby is born in the year 1966… in August. Seems odd the filmmakers would miss the obvious choice of birthing the baby in June, the sixth month, to complete the unholy triangle, but apparently Polanski didn’t feel like playing the numerology game… or did he? 1966 was the year of the founding of the Church of Satan and is considered Year One on the calendar of many Satanists.
- The Omen (1976)
The movie that put 666 on the map (and the head). Frankly, Movie 666 doesn’t feel like the Omen is a particularly good movie but cannot argue with how influential this movie is. The timid remake which appeared on June 6, 2006 was a bit of a letdown, following in the footsteps of the original when it could have taken the opportunity to let loose (especially those wild eyed baboons when little Damien visits the zoo).
- Lucifer Rising (1972)
Experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger’s hypnotising, psychedelic love song to Lucifer who is not the beastly creature with tail and horns but the primal forces of nature as represented by an Egyptian god. View streaming video on YouTube.
- Natural Born Killers (1994)
The movie that removed 666 from the map. Actually, Route 666 through the four corners region of the U.S. was officially renamed a year before
Natural Born Killers arrived in a cinematic wave of bloodshed. Since Natural Born Killers, there have been several other 666 “road movies,” hearkening a strange subgenre having little to nothing to do with the more popular devil baby films.
- End of Days (1999)
666 gets flipped to 999 just in time for Y2K and only one man can juggle the math back to normal: Arnold.
- Chambre 666 (1982)
“The cinema, is it a language about to get lost, an art about to die?” In 1982, Wim Wenders convinced Steven Spielberg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Werner Herzog, Monte Hellman and other filmmakers to lock themselves in a room with a camera and ponder the future of cinema. Were the predictions of these filmmakers — delivered more than a decade before the popularization of the internet and digital technology — visionary or shortsighted? If you somehow manage to find a copy of this obscure, out-of-print “apocalypse” movie, you can find out!
New 666 Movies
Never you mind that 666 was debunked and 616 is now all the rage, filmmakers are still using the good old fashioned devil’s triad to evoke images of evil…
- Halloween II (2009)
Rob Zombie makes the number of the beast seem retro by plastering traumatized Laurie Strode’s room with posters of Alice Cooper, a pentagram, and a fat 666 on the wall.
- Iron Maiden: Flight 666 - The Movie (2009)
If you thought heavy metal was dead, this documentary will prove you’re wrong. Seminal 666 band Iron Maiden (how many budding horror filmmakers were raised on “Number of the Beast?”) circumnavigates the globe in a pimped out jetliner to prove that a healthy section of the world’s population still lusts for screaming guitars and soaring vocals.
- Highway 191 (2008)
Two teens find out what horror fans could have told them from the start — it takes more than renaming a highway to get rid of its evil — in this case, changing Highway 666 to 191 (something the Four Corner states have managed to accomplish beginning with Arizona in 1992).
- By the Devil’s Hands (2008)
The 666 Killer seeks to kill 6 victims over 6 days in 6 different ways and is now looking for victim number 6. Hey, doesn’t that make 6666?
Cult and Classic 666 Movies
- The Burbs (1989)
The Klopek family (Ray’s creepy neighbors) live at 669 Mayfield Place. When Ray knocks on the door, the 9 comes loose from the wall and inverts to a 6, making horror’s (and horror comedy’s) favorite numerical triad.
- Versus (2000)
Ryuhei Kitamura’s cross genre undead gangster kung fu action movie takes place in a haunted forest that contains one of the 666 gates to “the other side” (the gate, which we never actually see in the film, is actually number 444), and that’s about as far into sixes as this movie goes.
- Prince of Darkness
Horror, sci-fi, and university interns join forces to give a unique vision of mankind’s final moments
- The Exorcist (1973)
Not explicitly a 666 movie, but with all the evil spirit of one
- The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
Suprisingly good, deftly handled Luciferian end times thriller
- The Machinist (2004)
Another appearance by Route 666
- Tribulation (1999)
In the future, those who don’t have the 666 mark on their right hand will die.
- Stay Tuned (1992)
Featuring 666 channels of the Cable Television World of Hell
- The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Masachussetts Bay Colony. 1666. A connection? You be the judge.
- Officer 666 (1916)
An early Australian silent feature about a cop who loans his uniform to a perfect stranger and hijinks ensue. Adapted from the stage and later remade in 1920. Demonic in title only.
- Witches Sabbath (2005)
A coven of witches, posing as strippers, seeks to behead 666 choice victims.
- The Church (1989)
aka La Chiesa, Cathedral of Demons, Demon Cathedral, Demons 3, In the Land of the Demons
666 references and imagery abound in this intriguing, colorful, yet slightly ponderous movie about demons released from underneath a gothic cathedral. Features a young Asia Argento in a script co-written by her father. Copies of this worthwhile film can sometimes be found in grocery store bargain bins!
- The Late Great Planet Earth (1979)
- 666: The Child (2006)
- 666: The Demon Child (2004)
- Angel Heart (1987)
- The Apocalypse (2007)
- Damien: Omen II (1978)
- Little Nicky (2000)
- The Prophesy (1995)
- The Cell (2000)
- Bless the Child (2000)
- Fallen (1998)
- Tribulation (2000)
- Witchcraft 666 (1994)
- Children of the Corn: 666 (1995)
- Studio 666 (2005)
- Mark of the Devil 666 (1995)
- The Seventh Sign (1998)
- 666 Demon Child (2004)
- The Omen (2006)
- 666: The Beast (2007)
- Road 666: Deathlands Movie
- Doomsday: 2012
- Studio 666 (2005)
- Route 666 (2001)
- Mark of the Devil 666: The Moralist (1995)
- The Doom Generation (1995)
- The Ninth Gate (1999)
- White Noise II: The Light (2007)
- Revelation (1999)
- SLC Punk! (1998)
Compiled and updated by Demon.
What are we missing? Have you seen a movie that contains references to 666 but is not on our list? If you have, please let us know!
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