I was lucky enough to catch a screening of this film at the Egyptian in Hollywood last summer and I loved it. The whole film is like a Jack Chick tract brought to life! All of the hot button topics that drive evangelicals crazy are addressed (sexual promiscuity, heavy metal, drug abuse, abortion, witchcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.) as the film's main characters stumble through a "Hell House" version of our reality. `Satan Hates You' is complicated, challenging and potentially controversial but also totally entertaining.
It would've been easy for the filmmakers to wink at the audience or to add an extra dollop of easy camp to the proceedings but Director McKenny chose to go for a more ambiguous tone and I think that's why I ended up liking the film so much - It always stays true to its source inspirations (Christian scare films). It always feels authentic.
With a cast that includes such cult favorites as Angus Scrimm, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Reggie Bannister, Alan Rowe Kelly and Bradford Scobie, the film could have been an exercise in self-congratulatory backpatting for the hipster crowd but `Satan Hates You' achieves something greater. In a lot of ways, the film, while being a condemnation of religious intolerance and ignorance, is also a provocative examination of faith and morality.
In this day and age when seemingly everything has been done and every story told, I love being provoked in some new way. I mean, isn't that what horror films are supposed to do? `Satan Hates You' is a different breed of transgressive. It offends those who want to be coddled at the cinema; it offends those who want to be constantly reassured that they're "in on the joke".
The film doesn't provide any easy answers. Smart, funny and genuinely scary - `Satan Hates You' is that rare horror satire that trusts its audience to come to its own conclusions.