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Faust: Love of the Damned is a 2000 action-horror movie starring Mark Frost, Jeffrey Combs, and Andrew Divoff, and directed by Brian Yuzna, based on a comicbook series of the same name.

After artist John Jaspers's (Frost) girlfriend is murdered by a bunch of thugs, he is offered "the power of vengeance" in exchange for his soul by a mysterious figure known only as "M" (Divoff), the leader of a satanic organization called The Hand. Jaspers becomes a superpowered demonic entity who exacts revenge on those who wronged him, but it turns out that M has other plans for him in mind to bring about the end of the world.


This film provides examples of:

  • Anti-Hero: John Jaspers stands somewhere between Unscrupulous Hero and Nominal Hero. He only kills the bad guys, but he has to restrain himself from killing or otherwise harming innocents.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: Most of the cops turn out to be working for "M" and his satanic organization.
  • Beast of the Apocalypse: The Homunculus is a giant serpent demon who will bring about Hell on Earth.
  • Belly Mouth: "M" kills one of his followers (the satanic-aligned police commissioner) for running his mouth off by unbuttoning his shirt and then eating him alive in front of everyone.
  • Big Bad: M, the demonic being trying to bring Hell on Earth.
  • The Blank: Jade has childhood nightmares about a faceless man who raped her that she called "Smooth Man".
  • Blood Oath: Jaspers' contract with M for demonic superpowers is, of course, written in blood.
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  • Bondage Is Bad: M's Dark Mistress Claire is a sex-obsessed sadist with a fondness for torturing and killing her partners. After apparently killing her boss, she locks up Jade in a BDSM dungeon before proceeding to torture her with whips and an electrified cage.
  • Breast Expansion: There's a scene that goes from breast expansion right into Body Horror without any warning when "M" punishes his mistress Claire by briefly melting her.
  • Buried Alive: After John Jaspers refuses to aid the villain's plans, he has Jaspers captured and buried alive in an open grave.
  • Coitus Ensues: There's literally 10 seconds between the female lead worrying that the demonically superpowered hero who saved her from the bad guys is going to rape her to engaging in a passionate love scene with him.
  • Dark Mistress: Good lord, where to begin with M's mistress Claire? She tries to seduce basically anyone in sight and is very clearly a sexual sadist (she proudly calls herself a whore), even torturing the female lead with electroshocks. Or as one reviewer described her, "Slutula, Princess Of The Night".
  • Depraved Bisexual:
    • Claire, M's Dark Mistress who willingly goes along with his scheme to destroy the world, hits on every man she sees, slits a guy's throat during sex, and engages Jade in some nonconsensual BDSM.
    • M himself, a powerful demon who is having an affair with Claire and demands John Jaspers' head to fornicate with.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: John Jaspers manages to destroy Mephistopheles after he is released from his contract, but he then dies in Jade's arms as the only thing keeping him alive were his hellgiven powers.
  • Disposable Woman: John Jaspers' first girlfriend is only seen in the same scene where she is violently murdered by a group of thugs to give him a reason to angst before making a deal with the devil so he can go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: After artist John Jaspers' girlfriend is murdered by a group of criminals, he becomes a suicidal nihilist. He is then approached by M, who remarks that selling his soul shouldn't mean anything for someone who believes in nothing anyway.
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  • Fanservice: There is loads and loads of sex and nudity throughout. However, there's plenty of Fan Disservice, too.
  • Faustian Rebellion: This is the premise of the movie, in which the Faustian character John Jaspers uses his powers to become a superhero, and, in typical b-movie violence, takes on the hordes of Hell. Though to his credit Mephistopheles (known here as "M") is at least smart enough to make it impossible for Jaspers to harm him directly until he releases him from his contract.
  • Finger-Twitching Revival: After Claire tries to have her master "M" killed to take his place, the first thing indicating that he's Not Quite Dead are his fingers moving.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Jade falls in love with John after acting as his psychiatrist for a brief period. Overlaps with Rescue Romance, since he also saved her from the bad guys before they fall into each other's arms.
  • Genre Blind: Lt. Margolies, an honest cop who's been investigating The Hand (a syndicate responsible for satanic sacrifices), just walks straight into their headquarters after he sees his corrupt boss go there for a meeting with M. He probably didn't think that M was really the devil himself, but even leaving that aside it was an incredibly stupid move to just introduce himself and walk into a crime syndicate's base of operations with no real plan or back-up whatsoever. Sure enough, he gets captured and brainwashed by the bad guys after spying on them for a bit.
  • Ghostapo: We're shown a framed photograph in Mephistopheles' office where he's seen shaking hands with Adolf Hitler just in case the viewer might still be confused that he's supposed to be evil.
  • Hell on Earth: "M"'s plan is to bring about about Hell on Earth. Who would have thought?
  • Heroic BSoD: John Jaspers loses his demonic superhero form and goes into catatonia when he sees his love interest under the mind control of the villain.
  • The Hero Dies: John Jaspers dies in the process of defeating the Devil, which required nullifying the contract that kept him alive.
  • Historical Rapsheet: M has a framed photograph displayed on his desk in his office where he's shown buddying up with Adolf Hitler, and another implying that he was behind the accident that killed Princess Diana.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Not only is M destroyed as a result of a Faustian Rebellion, but initially it was fool-proof: as part of their contract, John Jaspers couldn't harm him. It's only because of M's greed to claim the soul of Jade's child as well that he relinquishes the original agreement and removes the leash he had on Jaspers.
  • Hollywood Satanism: The Hand. Orgies, human sacrifices, wishing for the death of all humanity, led by the Devil himself, it's all there.
  • Horrifying Hero: John Jaspers' superhero form, in true Faustian Rebellion style, is a giant winged demon with Wolverine Claws. You would be forgiven for mistaking the character featured on the cover for the villain.
  • Human Sacrifice: Most of "M"'s followers sacrifice themselves in the orgy/ritual to summon the Homunculus.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Walpurgis Night.
  • I Am the Noun: As he's about to be killed in a satanic summoning ritual, Lt. Margolies shouts "All my life I've wanted to know the truth... now I AM the truth!"
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Mephistopheles kills his aide Claire by materializing a snake inside her and cutting open her gut to pull it out, then setting her on fire. She really deserved this, given her previous track record as a sadomasochistic rapist and serial murderess.
  • Large Ham: Jaspers, whenever he assumes his Faust persona, simply cannot go without taking a large bite of the scenery and swallowing it whole.
  • Little People Are Surreal: Mephistopheles' entourage includes a random dwarf.
  • Louis Cyphre: The villain that the protagonist sells his soul to in exchange for the power of revenge is a white-haired man known simply as "M", an alias for Mephistopheles.
  • Minion Manipulated into Villainy: John Jaspers is motivated to make his Deal with the Devil with M after his girlfriend is violently and pointlessly murdered by a group of criminals. However, these criminals were working on M's orders in the first place, as his Evil Plan required a man overcome by despair to agree to his offer of demonic powers and become M's instrument of death.
  • Morality Pet: Jade just barely keeps Jaspers from going off the deep end.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: At the end Jade makes a deal with M for "the soul of her unborn child" in exchange for him releasing his contract on her love interest Jaspers' soul. Then she points out that it's a meaningless concession anyway since she can't bear children as a result of M's (using her father's body) previous rape of her in her youth. He just retorts that he works miracles.
  • Offing the Mouth: M kills the corrupt police commissioner he's allied with for getting far too uppity about M's failure to control Faustian superhero John Jaspers by eating him alive.
  • One-Letter Name: The main bad guy is known only as "M", though it's short for Mephistopheles.
  • Orifice Invasion: During the ritual to summon the Homunculus, M pulls an albino snake out of his mistress' abdomen before forcing it down the throat of an honest cop that he brainwashed to follow him.
  • Out with a Bang: A mook who escaped the hero's clutches reports what he has seen to Claire, who proceeds to mount him before slitting his throat in mid-coitus.
  • Parental Incest: It turns out that "M" had possessed Jade's father in the past to molest her as a child, in order to indoctrinate her so "M" could later impregnate her as an adult with his demonic spawn. She can only recall traumatic flashes of a faceless man having his way with her.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: M is annoyed when his Dark Mistress Claire slits the throat of one of his goons before the guy could give a proper report on his previous run-in with the supposedly dead hero. While M is a Bad Boss himself, he's not Stupid Evil.
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  • Rape as Backstory: Jade was raped when she was only 11. She is still plagued by flashes of a faceless man breaking into her room at night. This is later revealed to be her own father, whose body was possessed by the devil.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: John Jaspers makes a Deal with the Devil for demonic superpowers so he can track down and kill the criminals who raped and murdered his girlfriend.
  • See You in Hell: A literal example when Jaspers tells M that they'll meet again when M sends him to Hell. M gives a typical retort.
  • The Sociopath:
    • M, a powerful demon who's willing to torture, rape and murder anybody he has to to bring about the Apocalypse.
    • Claire, M's Dark Mistress, who willingly goes along with her lover's apocalyptic scheme, slits a guy's throat during sex, and tries to overthrow him.
  • The Starscream: Claire tries to kill her demon master M and take control of his organization The Hand by convincing his doctor to sabotage the routine injections that M needs to sustain his human body. He recovers soon enough, and is none too pleased.
  • Summoning Ritual: A rather grandiose one is performed near the end by the Satanists to summon an apocalyptic demon serpent, involving human sacrifice, an orgy, and shoving a snake down someone's throat.
  • There Are Two Kinds of People in the World: Claire, the devil's right hand and psychosexual sadist, claims that all women fulfill one of two roles: victim or whore. Female Misogynist doesn't begin to describe her.
  • To Hell and Back: After Jaspers is Buried Alive, he briefly finds himself in hell being attacked by a burning skeleton. He destroys it and races back to the land of the living.
  • Villain Respect: In the climax Mephistopheles acknowledges the Faustian superhero main character to be the best student he ever had.
  • Wolverine Claws: As part of his demonic superhero form, John Jaspers has huge blades attached to his hands.
  • You Taste Delicious: A female on female example when the Bad Girl Dark Mistress licks the Good Girl Love Interest during a BDSM-themed torture session.


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