->''Bad things happen for a reason.''

''Devil'' is a 2010 {{film}} {{inspired by}} the novel ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' by Creator/AgathaChristie. It's the first part of ''The Night Chronicles'' trilogy, a series of films created and outlined (but neither written nor directed) by Creator/MNightShyamalan that deal with the supernatural in a modern-day urban setting. Advertisements for the film played up Shyamalan's involvement at first.

The story concerns a group of five people -- an ill-tempered salesman, a celebutante, a grumpy old woman, a security guard, and a stressed-out ex-marine -- who, while stuck in an elevator, come face-to-face with demonic forces that want to torture and slaughter them one by one.

The second part of the trilogy, ''Reincarnate'', was due in 2014, but has not materialized since.

!! This film contains examples of:

* AHouseDivided: The people in the elevator start fighting among themselves even before it becomes apparent that one of them is a killer. After there are two dead bodies, the suspicion turns violent to the point where it looks like they might kill each other before the Devil does. [[spoiler: Though, ultimately, the Devil is responsible for all the deaths, and the last survivor tries to save the second-to-last.]]
* AllCrimesAreEqual: It seems to be the Devil's philosophy.
-->"Whores, liars, cheaters and deserters: all in the same."
* AngryBlackMan: Ben has a bad temper.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: The elevator passengers who fallen victim to the Devil have some sort of criminal record that caused them to be targeted. Although it's debatable whether their punishment is DisproportionateRetribution or not.]]
* BigBad: The Devil, of course.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sarah seems the most normal of the people trapped in the elevator, but she quickly begins to try to turn Ben against Tony early on and later deceives Tony into putting down their weapons (while she has a hidden one) so she can get an opening to kill him. She comes off as cowardly, manipulative, and self-serving with zero likable traits, and spends most of the film panicking and otherwise [[spoiler: playing right into the devil's hands.]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Devil again.
* BookEnds: The movie starts with an upside-down aerial shot of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, which ends up zooming through the elevator shaft of the building this movie takes place in, and ends with another aerial shot. Only this time, the city is right side up.
* CassandraTruth: Ramirez, the security guard, claims that somebody in the elevator is the Devil. How would ''you'' propose that theory without looking like a loon?
* {{Claustrophobia}}: Ben Larson the security guard claims to suffer from this. Though as Tony points out, his fear of it doesn't last.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Subverted. There's a reason why these five people are trapped inside an elevator no one can rescue them from.
* DevilButNoGod: Averted. The final voice over mentions that if the Devil was real, God must be real as well.
* DevilInPlainSight: He's there, all the time, we just don't know what form he's taken.
* DiesWideShut: [[spoiler: The Old Lady]]. Tony tries to close them, but Ben (rather creepily) tells him that won't work for a few hours.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Although some of them have done some pretty bad things, the Devil personally coming to collect their souls before they have a chance to redeem themselves while they're still alive does seem a bit harsh.
** RedHerring: [[spoiler: The Old Woman being a purse thief would certainly seem like DisproportionateRetribution for the Devil to come to collect her personally. Then it's revealed she IS TheDevil]].
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler:The old lady who was the second one to die was the Devil the whole time.]]
* DownerEnding: Averted for Tony and Bowden. [[spoiler: A ''lot'' of versions of this story would see Bowden kill Tony in revenge for killing his family, thereby damning ''himself'' to Hell. Luckily Bowden's not the type. As for Tony, a long prison term still beats eternal damnation.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: How the Entire Plot Starts Off.
* EldritchAbomination: Fittingly, the Devil is portrayed as such, being a malevolent monstrosity that can bend reality to its will, kill people in the blink of an eye and [[spoiler:take on seemingly innocent forms to lure its prey into a false sense of security]].
* ElevatorFailure: The movie centers about five people being trapped in an elevator.
* EmpathicEnvironment: The city has thunder clouds over it, and it starts raining before too long.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: The "old woman", presumably to further turn the passengers against each other]]
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: Played with: all the people on the elevator are guilty of serious crimes, but Tony actually does embody most of the qualities of a [[FinalGirl Final Boy]].]]
* FiveSecondForeshadowing: After we've been lead to believe that the last person standing will be the Devil, the lights come on and the sole standing survivor, [[spoiler: Tony]], turns an empty gaze from the dying second-to-last survivor to the camera...and drops to the floor and starts desperately trying to save [[spoiler: Sarah's]] life, just as [[spoiler: his girlfriend]] arrives at the security centre [[note]]The myth has it that the last victim be killed in front of a loved one [[/note]]. A few seconds later, [[spoiler: the "dead" old lady gets back up.]]
* {{Forgiveness}}: A major theme of the movie, asking whether forgiveness both on an interpersonal and spiritual level is really possible.
** [[spoiler:Another possibility is that Tony was spared because he accepted responsibility for what he had done, and apologized for it]].
* GoldDigger: Sarah has a record of blackmailing rich married men and is in the building to visit a lawyer specialising in forensic accounting in order to get the most out of her divorce from her rich husband.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Played with in that you don't actually see most of the violence as it is happening, but the immediate, bloody aftermath.
* {{Homage}}: Shyamalan stated the film was an homage to ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', and Tony was named after one of the characters from the book.
** And of course the twist is that [[spoiler: the killer is one of the earlier murder victims, who was only pretending to be dead.]]
* HumansAreBastards: Why Bowden believes the Devil isn't real: humans are bad enough on their own. His family was killed in a hit-and-run, and the other driver left a "sorry" note at the scene. [[spoiler: He changes his mind after the man responsible, Tony, tries to save the dying second-to-last passenger and proves to be so genuinely remorseful that the Devil can't take him.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler:The Devil's old woman disguise. She ''looks'' like an old lady, but she's got BlackEyesOfEvil and can alter reality merely with her state of mind. It's implied that this is just one of many forms the Devil has taken in order to claim people]].
* InnocentBystander: The Devil will kill anyone who interferes with his plans.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Sarah tries to kill Tony with a glass shard after convincing him to a truce. The devil opens up her throat with it.]]
* KillEmAll: According to Ramirez's grandmother, the story only ends when the Devil has killed everyone it came for. [[spoiler: Subverted when she is forced to spare Tony because he's genuinely remorseful for his crime.]]
* LightsOffSomebodyDies: The Devil kills when the lights go out to make its victims more paranoid and has some sort of control over the lights.
* MrExposition: Ramirez
* NeckSnap: The Devil twists [[spoiler: Ben's]] head around a full 180.
* NoNameGiven: Actually, their names are given, but in the credits the main characters are only listed as "Mechanic", "Salesman", "Security Guard", "Old Woman", and "Young Woman." [[spoiler: Though the Old Woman doesn't actually have a name, as she's The Devil.]]
* ObliviousJanitorCut: A man falls off the top of a building while the janitor's back to turned to the window.
* {{Ponzi}}: Vince used to run a Ponzi scheme before he was a mattress salesman and it's the reason why [[spoiler: the devil wants his soul.]]
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: ''Devil'' was going to be the first of an anthology series of films. [[CreatorKiller It didn't survive this film.]]
* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[spoiler:Tony is genuinely regretful of what he did which renders his soul impossible to claim.]]
* RecycledInSpace: ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: IN AN ELEVATOR! ]]

[[folder: WITH THE DEVIL!!! ]]

* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:A villainous subversion. The old woman turns out to have been the Devil the whole time, but it's very strongly implied that she is only one of many forms the Devil has taken over the years]].
-->'''Tony:''' Who are you!?\\
[[spoiler:'''Old Lady!Devil''']]: ''Today'', I'm [[spoiler:an old woman]]...
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Chris Messina, the star of the film, is nowhere to be seen in advertising.
* SoCalization: Bowden, a detective in Philadelphia, refers to a possible murder as a "187".
* StartsWithASuicide
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Happens to Sarah.]]
* TakeMeInstead: [[spoiler: After the Devil mortally wounds Sarah, Tony tries to offer himself in her place. The Devil is at first [[EvilCannotComprehendGood surprised]] by this, and then genuinely angered. It's all for nothing, as Sarah dies anyway.]]
* TenLittleMurderVictims
* ThisIsUnforgivable: The implied reason the Devil is able to claim souls isn't because people have crossed the MoralEventHorizon, but because the ones who were affected by their actions don't forgive them for their crimes, or perhaps just because they lack remorse. [[spoiler:The one who he's ultimately unable to claim is spared by virtue of being repentent and being forgiven.]]
* TwistEnding: As usual for Creator/MNightShyamalan. The lights come back on to show [[spoiler: Tony standing among the bodies and staring at the camera while Sarah chokes on her own blood... and then he drops to his knees to try to save her, and the [[FakingTheDead "dead"]] old woman gets back up, her eyes [[BlackEyesOfEvil pitch black]].]]
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: It doesn't get much more uncomfortable than being in there with ''The Devil.''
* VaguenessIsComing: Apparently you can tell if the Devil's around by just getting some toast, putting jelly on it then dropping it. If it lands jelly-side down, be worried. Be ''very'' worried.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or "What Happened To The Subplot?" The suicide at the beginning of the film really doesn't serve much of a purpose, except to get Bowden to the building, which is odd, because the film builds up the rather convoluted nature of the event quite a bit. One of the characters even says "the story StartsWithASuicide," but never explains why.
** The suicide note said that she did it because she could feel that the Devil was near. The narrator guy also said that bad things tend to happen when he is around. Essentially, she was collateral damage.
** Part of the narrator's story was that a suicide allows the Devil into the world.
* YourMom: It backfires.
-->'''Dwight:''' ''[over radio]'' You sure you're reading that right? Your eyes ain't what they used to be.
-->'''Lustig:''' ''[in control room]'' You know what, I'll ask your mom to read it for me next time I got her bent over the console.
-->'''Dwight:''' My mom's 78, have at it.