‘Satanis: The Devil’s Mass’

In Satanis: The Devil’s Mass,” a young charismatic Anton Lavey entertains and fascinates viewers. A Cvlt Nation review provides following summary: “…a 1970 documentary by Ray Laurent that delves into the founding years of the Church of Satan, as told by Anton LaVey himself…It’s fascinating to see his house on California Street, a small, all-black Victorian manor sandwiched in between modern white houses, and to hear his neighbors recount various tales of his lion and naked ladies on altars. What’s more fascinating is to hear from the young LaVey, and see what a charismatic and strange man he was, hearing his philosophies spoken over a glass of scotch on the rocks. Watching him hang out with his ‘entourage’ of followers is really interesting, as you get a much better idea of him as a leader in the Church of Satan than you do watching him preside over various rituals. They present themselves as a group of outgoing and outspoken individuals, and frequently interrupt his serious diatribes on Satanism and it’s place in history among other religions with jokes and stories about masturbation and sex. I guess that’s how Satanists roll, and it’s far from the mainstream portrayal of them as zombie-like, unquestioningly worshipping evil…” Lavey may charm with offbeat “original” perspective and some valid philosophical contentions, but question remains do you invite him in?

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