Demonising controversy in The Last Temptation of Christ and The
Passion of the Christ
This chapter examines how the devil in both Martin Scorsese’s The Last
Temptation of Christ (1988) and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the
Christ (2004) is used as a political and rhetorical device, both
within the epics and as a reflection of the historical and cultural moment.
It will also analyse these entries in the culture wars for their place in
demonising Others, focusing on The Passion of the Christ as a
post-9/11 commentary, looking back for the beginnings of these controversies
and demonic constructions in The Last Temptation, forwarding these
ideas onto our current revision of the culture wars and creating a bridge
between the pre-modern and the modern biblical epic.