Official Trailer for Penny Lane's Superb New Documentary 'Hail Satan?'

February 27, 2019
Source: YouTube

Hail Satan? Trailer

"We're not what you think we are." Magnolia Pictures has debuted an official trailer for the documentary Hail Satan?, the latest feature film made by doc filmmaker Penny Lane (Our Nixon, Nuts!, The Pain of Others). This just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month, and is opening in theaters this April. And it's unquestionably worth a watch - one of my favorite documentaries out of Sundance this year. Hail Satan? is a look at the quick rise and influence of the controversial religious group known as The Satanic Temple. It's hilarious, and insightful, and it brings to light the (great) problem of religion in America, and how there isn't much separation between church & state. This film isn't what you think it is, and I do highly recommend it. Even if you're not a big fan of docs, watch this one anyway - it's entertaining and intelligent.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Penny Lane's doc Hail Satan?, direct from Magnolia's YouTube:

Hail Satan? Poster

When the 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. Hail Satan? is directed by doc filmmaker Penny Lane (follow her @lennypane), director of the documentary films Our Nixon, Nuts!, The Pain of Others, and numerous other short films, previously. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Magnolia will release Lane's Hail Satan? in select theaters starting April 19th this spring. Who's curious?

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"Is this how everyone that's different is treated?" I guess just those that seem to to promote evil. I mean white nationalist are different but they sure as heck are evil and have no place here. Not sure what these satanist are doing that they can claim victim and play the poor-old-us routine like other ACTUAL oppressed groups. "Satanism is looking out for the other." Not sure what version of Satanism these guys are...............practicing. Maybe these are lost people masquerading as satanists because they think it's cool to cling to. Satanism in its purest form does not contain humility and compassion for others. Either way, this is definitely a fascinating topic. No matter your feelings, it's a intriguing doc to check out. Of course I haven't seen it like Alex has so my comments above are only based on the trailer but still so very interesting. No matter how common sensed or way-out-there a group may be, it's always interesting to hear their story and what drove them there. Again I haven't seen the whole doc but it wouldn't surprise if some of them ended up growing up in a good home and have nothing but good things to say about it but satanism, or this version of it, connected to them for some reason.

LightningB on Feb 27, 2019


If you actually watch the film, and understand what they're doing, they're not actually promoting evil. At all. The concept of "Satan" is a manufactured idea based on Christianity, so they're taking that and playing around with religion in America, proving that it's not as open to religion as the framers wanted ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"), and that people immediately knee jerk react to something before understanding what's going on (hence your comment). And truly they have no evil agenda, and don't do anything evil, they just worship a different god.

Alex Billington on Feb 27, 2019


Sigh. Pretty sure my point was missed but I'm afraid if I try and explain it again it will only make it worse. I admitted I was only commenting on the trailer but if after viewing the whole film you believe these are genuinely good people I'll take your word for it. It does seem like they are taking the satanists name more out of irony than out of true devotion to Satan and again I said it was very intriguing that they chose that and it would be interesting to find out more. Hopefully that's less confusing. No need to send judgmental post my way. Promise I' a good guy. 🙂

LightningB on Mar 3, 2019


Honestly Christians are more evil than these Satanists. Modern Christians don't even follow the teachings of Jesus anymore.

Josh Taylor on Mar 1, 2019


That's an extremely broad generalization. Of course there are bad Christians. I hear rumors there are bad Muslims, Hindus, Buddhist etc. There are always those terrible ones who give a certain religion a bad name. I'm being sincere when I say I've met someone form each of those religions that was basically a tool. But I've met far more decent people who are as well. I don't judge them all because of the bad seeds that claim to have the same so-called faith.

LightningB on Mar 3, 2019


Looks like this dude has better team for party comparing to those schmucks from the opposite side ...

shiboleth on Feb 27, 2019


I so want to see this.

Josh Taylor on Mar 1, 2019


I agree with you 100% Josh, because I don't want to judge someone before I've completely heard their side of things first ... unlike the rest of the posters in this forum (with the exception of Alice Billington).

Andrew on Mar 18, 2019


looks hilarious as well as enlightening...being a non believer in any of the religions out there I love seeing the competitive nature being allowed to play out between the Christians and the Satanists... equal rights for ALL religions... hasn't that always been the rule here in the USA ???

nomad82 on Mar 22, 2019

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