The movie “Hail Satan?” made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival this year, where it was picked up by Magnolia Pictures. The studio is releasing the documentary in select theaters this April, and dropped a new trailer today to entice moviegoers and explain the story.
Directed by Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon) and Produced by Gabriel Sedgwick, “Hail Satan?” held its World Premiere at Sundance earlier this year. The film chronicles the rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, and the film aims to be an inspiring and entertaining feature documentary.
The studio described the documentary adding “When 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.”
The studio adds, “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.”
The film goes by the log-line “Liberty and blasphemy for all.”
April offers a wide array of specialty releases this year, a rare treat for moviegoers. Neon’s “Amazing Grace,” the Aretha Franklin documentary, is starting the month of April at the limited box office. The film will open against Bleecker Street’s “Teen Spirit” with Elle Fanning and Rebecca Hall, and Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo” with Rory Kinnear. The following weekend is the release of A24’s “High Life” sci-fi thriller with Robert Patterson.
The following weekend is a battle between Neon’s “Little Woods” with Tessa Thompson, Lily James, and James Badge Dale, and A24’s crime-thriller “Under the Silver Lake” with Riley Keough, Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, and Topher Grace.