Monday, January 21, 2008

Satanis and Sinthia

Satanis is a self made documentary by Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan. You would think that a documentary about Satanism would contain some shocking footage of some kind, but it's nothing like that at all. It's actually rather comical as Anton LaVey expresses his belief system while wearing his horned hood with his arched eyebrows. He looks more like a cartoon character than a satanist. People who follow LaVey's teachings are as comical as he is. His neighbors describe him as a very interesting individual and their only bitch was that he had a pet tiger. His masses always included a naked woman on the altar and it's surprising to see how many women were actually auditioning for this role. Filmed in 1970, Satanis still retains a very 60's feeling. Pretty much a live and let live attitude. People are always scared of the unknown and I think this is actually a very well made documentary that let's you know the goings on inside the Church of Satan. There's no orgies, animal sacrifices, murder, etc... all the things people assume are part of Satanism. Unlike Christianity, Satanism praises sex as healthy and natural, which was enough for many people to consider a change of religion, especially in the time of free love. The only thing annoying is Anton LaVey's sense of self righteousness. He was very proud to be himself and wasn't afraid to tell the whole world how he single handedly built the Church of Satan from the ground up. He claimed thousands of followers in spite of having obviously few attendees at his masses. When it came to religion, LaVey kinda made it up as he went along. Whatever. This documentary has been released on DVD, coupled with a very very bad movie called "Sinthia, the Devil's Doll". Made in the 60's and obviously meant to be watched on drugs, Sinthia doesn't really have a story. It's mostly psychedelic sex scenes with a girl named Sinthia going on about how she wants to have sex with her father. This movie never really made it and was only coupled with Satanis as a vehicle for release.

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