Do you believe in the Devil? I ask this in all seriousness. Because if you think about it for a minute, you probably do. Most people do. This is what I found out when I started research and writing on a documentary about Satan. This week, after years of work, the film has been unleashed into the world. It’s called Satan Lives.
This documentary has been years in the making, and I’m so thrilled it’s finally come out. It’s the first time I have a writing credit on a feature doc, and I’m really proud of all the work of everyone involved. This is the first non-music film for Banger, a company I’ve done a lot of cool work for over the years. During the production, I had an opportunity to speak with many super smart and fascinating characters – from Zeena Schreck (née Lavey, former High Priestess-turned-Buddhist) to professor Elaine Pagels to Arthur “God of Hellfire” Brown to a pastor who runs a HellHouse in the U.S. It was sometimes fun, but it was always a difficult and challenging assignment, a complicated story to tell. Satan also remains a deeply controversial figure, and I was shocked at how many people —including actual Satanists and artists who make dark, Satan-themed work—refused to be involved. Over and over again, I was told, “I just can’t be associated with a film about the Devil.” When you see the doc, and how some many people’s lives have been ruined by association and (unfounded) accusations, you will understand why. But that’s part of what the title represents: you can’t argue that Satan doesn’t continue to live, to work His power, on the public consciousness.
My own feelings on Satan never wavered. Which is that we, as humans, are afraid of the wrong things. We demonize, we scapegoat, we target and we hunt the wrong enemies. I was never afraid of what might happen to me working on this film, if I would get possessed or worse. Because what I believe in is the shadow side that we all have, and that by acknowledging that, and the evil that men and women can do all on our own, that is the best protection against the dark forces of this mysterious universe.
Satan Lives is available to rent/buy in Canada right now, on iTunes and various Video on Demand services. Coming to the rest of the world in 2016. Watch an excerpt here.