This notorious film was the first documentary made on Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan, and remains a vital document to all those who may be interested in the real Philosophy and Ritual basis of LaVey's group: as opposed to Christian-sourced horror-fantasies surrounding the sensationalist-media version of "Devil Worship". Everybody gets a look-in here in this production: Anton LaVey himself, his beautiful blonde wife Dianne, the family pet, "Togare", (a fully grown Lion), some of LaVey's neighbours, plus other members of the Satanic Church. Sections from a number of Satanic Rituals are covered in this documentary, including an interview with the female, nude Altar: centrepiece of the LaVey Ritual procedure. The documentary encapsulates a straightforward, explanatory insight into The Church of Satan and the man who founded it. No human/animal sacrifices; no blood-drinking; no adherence to the arbitrary "White" & "Black" Magic, "Good" and "Evil" schema of Christianity and the pseudo-Christian, popular Occult mainstream.
"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.