The parallel between the Satanic Temple and the Satanists of film ends at the ideals. The Satanists of the Temple may be goofy, but they’re earnestly so. They use shock value to make legitimate points about the ruts in which society tends to stick itself, and their focus is on making their world a better place. (And occasionally throwing absolutely epic dinner parties.) It’s a collectivist attitude that these Satanists espouse, one that wouldn’t make great cinema. The fictional Satanist is only scary as long as he’s plotting to possess your spouse or stuffing souls into a bottle or something like that.

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