Satanis: The Devil's Mass / Sinthia: The Devil's Doll
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An up-close look at Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey and the satanic shenanigans filmed inside his infamous San Francisco "Black House" back in 1969, "Satanis, the Devil's Mass" (86 minutes) is a wonderfully oddball documentary inside one of America's darkest pop-culture curiosities. Along with nude women decorating the altar to a man dressed as a bishop who gets his fanny whipped before climbing in a coffin, you're treated to interviews with LaVey (wearing silly little devil horns) and his flock along with various startled neighbors! Plus, after murdering her parents and setting the family home on fire, Cynthia Kyle becomes "Sinthia, the Devil's Doll" (77 minutes) when Lucifer forces her to wander through a psychedelic world of dreams in this ultra-bizarre mix of skin, daddy-lust and art-film exploitation from cult fave Ray Dennis Steckler. Remember, "If you're gonna b ea sinner, be the best sinner on the block!"
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As l mentioned, it is interesting to watch if you like the subject matter already. However it's pretty poorly produced and fairly bland in its presentation. Many of the interviews are of inconsequential, random people and are rambling, uncoordinated and awkward. There's a total lack of any editing or tweaking of the footage for viewing. There is no soundtrack, or transitions between cuts. Even during the rituals, presumably the more exciting part of the documentary, the average person could easily lose interest and tire of it as it drags on, almost tediously.
Satanis: The Devil's Mass is basically uncut, uncinematic video footage solely for historically educational purposes. There is very little, if any, entertainment value to it except for someone particularly fascinated by the Church of Satan and its origin.
"Satanis" is joined on this disc by an extremely odd,totally avant-garde cinematic schlock-horror offering called "Sinthia", but this itself is upstaged completely by the DVD's (unintentionally) hilarious extras: soft-core porn packaged as a forbidden ritual; a strip show from the 1950's; a brilliant, nostalgic gallery of schlock. The best of the extras, however, is the ludicrous mini-documentary featuring an alleged "Witchcraft Initiation Rite" taking place in a large, isolated manse in the middle of the English countryside, and narrated by stereotypical English "cad" (and famous Hollywood Suicide) George Sanders.