Satanis: The Devil’s Mass * Ray Laurent (1970)

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A friend put a DVD in my hand with a 1969 documentary about the Church of Satan (founded in 1966) and a few extras such as a British black mass, a documentary about sex magic and some satanic commercial. The documentary consists of interviews with church founder Anton LaVey, members of his congregation, neighbours (some who like, some who hate the black house in their block) and footage of rituals. It all comes across quite laughable and amateuristic and mostly as hedonism with a thin, ritualistic varnish. The documentary is good for a few laughs, but LaVey looks a lot younger than on the famous photos of him and the women present are not as charming as you may expect. Just for fun!

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