You can have your “True Detective.” I want to see this real-life movie about events including many in Arkansas. Stars include local Satanists and a demagogue for all seasons, Sen. Jason Rapert. The Arkansas Capitol figures prominently.


Rolling Stone says the documentary, Hail Satan?“, will hit theaters April 19. Don’t tell the legislature. They might try to outlaw it. Says Rolling Stone:

Directed by filmmaker Penny Lane (Our Nixon), Hail Satan? follows the lives of members of the Satanic Temple, a church/political activist group with multiple chapters across the United States. Founded in 2012, the Satanic Temple was originally launched as something of a PR stunt, though it’s grown into something of a political force to be reckoned with.

In the trailer for the documentary, members of the Satanic Temple fight for the construction of a monument to the goat demon Baphomet outside the Arkansas State Capitol building, much to the chagrin of Arkansas residents. They seem all too eager to combat stereotypes associated with devil worship, portraying themselves as bright-eyed, bushy-tailed activists staunchly committed to principles of religious freedom. “I believe that confronting injustice is an expression of my satanic faith,” one member of the temple says.