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Hail Satan? DVD Review

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“Hail Satan?” is a surprising documentary film.

“Hail Satan?” is a documentary film that revolves around the Satanic Temple and modern Satanism. More specifically, the lense is turned towards the Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves. Over the course of the 94 minute runtime, director Penny Lane explores what modern Satanism is through the eyes of Greaves and other members while also getting to the bottom of what it stands for and how it has evolved from the days of old and the “Satanic Panic” era. Is it a gimmick? Is it one big publicity stunt? It it a practice of evil? Is it a hipster movement? The answer, as it turns out, is not what you’d expect as Satanism is now practiced more as a movement for religious freedom, justice, rebellion, and activism.

A spotlight on a minority religion isn’t the only subject touched upon here as the documentary explores major issues in the United States of America via Satanism. A large portion of the film is actually dedicated to the erection of a 10 Commandements monument, Christianity, religious hypocrisy, the often forgotten separation of church and state, and a Baphomet statue that has been created by the Satanic Temple to make a point.

While the buzzed about “Hail Satan?” will no doubt be seen as blasphemous to some viewers, this documentary film is strange, unexpected, enlightening, and important. At its heart, this is a story about rights, differing views, shredding misconceptions, religious pluralism, the dangers of blind faith, individuality, among other weighty subjects. The exploration of what modern satanism is is equally intriguing as it’s certainly not what you think it is in comparison to how the media view or depict it. Whether you agree with satanism, vehemently oppose it or an open minded viewer curious to know more, this relevant film will undoubtedly make you think more about other types of religion and freedom as a whole.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The crisp cinematography shines in standard definition.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? This is a quality 5.1 track (especially for a documentary).

Extras:
* Magnolia Home Entertainment trailers and a trailer for “Hail Satan?”
* Separate interviews with Lucien Greaves (Satanic Temple co-founder), director Penny Lane, Jesper Aagaard (Professor of Religion), and David Harris (Satan Magister)
* “Why Satan?: Answered By Members Of The Satanic Temple”- Why is Satan embraced as the face of the religion? Members of the movement answer.
* “Nihil Sanctum: Ritual In The Satanic Temple”- Additional footage of this event.

July 23, 2019 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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