Hail Satan? Official Documentary Trailer Released

Hail Satan? Official Documentary Trailer Released February 27, 2019

The trailer for the ‘Hail Satan?’ film documenting the rise of The Satanic Temple (TST) has been released to youtube and my, what fun.

Hail Satan? Theatrical Release Set for April 19th

Image Credit: Magnolia Pictures, Screenshot via Facebook

Now I’m sure there are a lot of Christians who will balk and find it disrespectful that Penny Lane’s ‘Hail Satan?’ will see its theatrical debut on good Friday, but it’s not like those of us who are excited for this movie have anything else going on that weekend anyway.

Listen, I’m just going to let the trailer speak for itself here. Lucien Greaves is a contributor here. Too many of my very good friends are in this trailer, even more of them are in the rest of the movie. I’m super excited to see the final product and everyone I’ve talked to who has seen it say it’s great.

I’m not surprised it’s great. Penny Lane and her producer Gabriel Sedgwick spent an extraordinary amount of time following The Satanic Temple around getting footage. I know that because we’ve been crossing paths at TST events and actions all over the country for years. In many ways, the story the documentary seeks to tell is the same story this blog has been trying to follow as well.

I will say, though, that the film’s release signals a new era for TST. I hope it’s release sheds a brighter light on how serious members of the organization are in their struggle against theocratic overreach and that it dispels the tedious notion that the group is just a collection of “atheist trolls”.

There’s a real sincerity members of TST have that is often minimized in the press, and a genuine belief in the principles on which the organization rests that (I’m told) really shines through in the documentary. Many chapters and groups of supporters will be having release-weekend parties or screenings. So anyone interested in seeing the film should keep an eye on your local listings and check-in with your friendly neighborhood Satanists to see if there is an event near you.

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  • Michael Guilford

    As a follower of the Satanic Temple I applaud the work done by the religion to maintain the separation of church and state in the USA. I look forward to seeing the movie.

  • EllyR

    As an atheist, I hope very much that no atheist will ever be tempted to think that a different religion is any better than the mainstream religions.

  • sweeks

    Have a look at the Satanic Temple’s tenets. There is no more belief in a literal satan than there is in (any) literal god: “Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world.”
    I’m a follower and contributor to TST, and I’m a 6.99 on the Dawkins scale.

  • cyd pe

    I agree with most of the social activism and support your right to worship as you wish, but was it really necessary to stir the hornets nest by using the name of a symbol associated with evil for millenia? There are lots of options in the realm of pantheism. I honestly believe choosing the moniker “Satan” was just an attention grabber. If you think about it, I suspect the same of the neo-nazis.

  • WallofSleep

    At this point, I’m surprised there are any atheists left that are not aware of TST’s non-theistic nature.

  • WallofSleep

    “I honestly believe choosing the moniker “Satan” was just an attention grabber.”

    That’s the point. Nothing draws attention to church/state violations like demanding equal space for Satanic monuments.

  • cyd pe

    I get that, and even get a kick over some of the antics. But bad is never good, at least not in the Platonic manner, and using a symbol of bad is not very good branding.
    V

  • WallofSleep

    Except that it’s working in a lot of cases. Besides, it takes all kinds. If this is the angle TST wants to take to combat church/state violations then I say more power to them. There are plenty of other secular, atheistic, and even theistic organizations fighting against it in their own way which you can throw your support behind. You are not bound by anything to support TST.

  • Ohyetwetrust

    This is a Neo-Satanism, in a sense. They look at Lucifer as the Bringer of Light. God kicked Lucifer out of heaven for questioning God, so now Satanists are standing against the angry, hateful, judgmental god that rightwing Christians believe in.
    Look at what they stand for and you will see they are as far from neo-Nazi as they can get. The important thing to know is that they are not a cult. They are mostly social activists and provocateurs.
    I’m not speaking for them but this is my understanding.

  • Ohyetwetrust

    I heard from and talked to the Satanic Temple people at the American Humanist Association meeting in Charlestown SC a few years ago. They were welcomed because they confront the worst of the religious right extremists in a colorful way but more importantly, hold and affirm beliefs that humanists champion. Anything that pokes a stick in the angry hornet’s nest of Evangelical extremism deserves my support. These people have the ethical values and programs that the Religious Right long ago abandoned.

    Just look at the recurring sexual abuses of children in the Roman Catholic church and now we know these abuses happen in the Southern Baptist Convention (which is in crisis, too). If this opens people’s minds, that is a good thing. I love their chutzpah.

  • Ohyetwetrust

    Or let this be a wakeup call for them.

  • cyd pe

    I only meant for the shock value. But interesting canon. I like it, except I don’t like anyone anywhere insisting they know the unknowable. It’s really so unneccesary.

  • Ohyetwetrust

    I agree. Any supernaturalism gives me the creeps.

  • I’ve written on this in some depth before https://www.patheos.com/blogs/infernal/2018/02/satan-as-the-hero/