If you’re tired of the same old religion and find agnosticism/atheism a drag, you might want to give Satanism a spin. And what better way to get your feet wet than by checking out the new Penny Lane documentary, Hail Satan? The 95-minute look at America’s latest and most controversial religious movement previously made its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (before also screening at Rotterdam’s International Film Festival a few days later), but now people all over the world will get to experience it thanks to the flick’s first trailer.
This initial teaser doesn’t deliver the hard sell that many movements–religious, cultish, political, or otherwise–tend to rely on, but it does present quite a few charismatic Satanists pleading their case. And that case is entirely reasonable. You won’t find the suggestion that drinking blood brings absolution or that flesh sacrifices please their god(s), but rather that they’re people on the outside of societal norms who seek to protect themselves and others like them. The face of Satanism may be activist, spokesman, and co-founder Lucien Greaves, but there are plenty of characters to find throughout this first trailer alone. The sure-to-be controversial documentary arrives in select theaters on April 19th.
Watch the trailer for the Hail Satan? below, and for a look at the film overall, be sure to read up on our own Matt Goldberg‘s review here:
Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history. A documentary from Penny Lane.
Here’s the official synopsis, followed by the documentary’s poster:
Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple 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 charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.