If you love horror movies, you’ve probably been accused (at one time or another) of being a Satanist. If you dress in black and listen to heavy metal, punk, or goth, you’ve probably been accused of being a Satanist. If you grew up in the 1980s and played Dungeons and Dragons, you’ve probably been accused of being a Satanist. And if you ever wondered why this occurs, Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan? clearly identifies the type of mindset that continues to ostracize and judge others based on spurious associations.
Many horror films are based around the concept of Satan-worshiping acolytes who are looking to bring chaos and destruction to the natural world through demonic means. On the other hand, no horror films are based on a group of Satanists who are looking for equal representation in government and public affairs.
Hail Satan?, a documentary film by Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon), challenges many perception about the people who worship that sly red Devil, and focuses on a number of “…media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple (who) organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.” As chronicled on Magnolia Pictures’s official website, the film, “…explores the Temple’s fight for equality, its focus on community, and its devilish sense of humor. In an era when founding principles and institutions can’t be trusted to work on behalf of all people, these progressive Satanic crusaders advocate to save the soul of a nation.” read more