Review in Brief: Hail Satan? (2019)

Forget what you think you know about Satanism and Satanists. With engaging voices, convincing arguments and self-aware humour HAIL SATAN? exposes the hypocrisy at the heart of the Land of the Free – freedom of religious expression…as long as you’re Christian. The Satanic Temple adopted “The Adversary” as a figurehead to be seen as an alternative to large organised religions, as welcoming to minorities and willing to debate any viewpoint. We see through the documentary how co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves advocates tirelessly against religious hegemony and discrimination against minority religious groups through debate, compelling evidence (often citing the American Constitution) and public stunts, notably campaigning for a statue of Baphomet to stand next to a statue of the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma. Notably it is not the Satanists who are shown to threaten to get what they want, but Christians. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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