Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in recent American history, HAIL SATAN? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (NUTS!). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple—not to be confused with the Church of Satan—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.
“It’s hilarious… The sharp editing turns the film into a comedy about how wickedly successful the [Satanic] Temple’s trolling is, and how humorless and easily riled their opponents are.” —Tasha Robinson, The Verge “Penny Lane's fantastic doc argues that the Satanic Temple isn't the Antichrist—they're American patriots… Lane sets out to subvert American history with intelligence and wit… Who are these Satanists? You’d be surprised. To them, Satan doesn’t represent evil—he represents rebellion, a freethinker who dared to question God’s authority. With that framing, the proper way to worship isn’t, like, killing cats. It’s political protest.” —Amy Nicholson, Variety “A devilishly fun documentary about faith in America… If the film often feels like a (very convincing) advertisement for the Satanic Temple, that might be a more damning commentary on the role of organized religion in our ostensibly secular country than anything else.” —David Ehrlich, IndieWire
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