Sunday, September 23, 2012

666 Revealed (2006)

As the end of Documentary Week is upon us, I realized that I had only covered a couple of different topics and it was not the variety I had hoped for. Yes, there was Cryptozoology with Bigfoot related material, UFO material and conspiracy topics, but it all seemed bland or rehashed. With that in mind, I decided pump things up a bit with something darker. The occult and the dark arts are always an interesting subject and for some, extremely controversial, so it would be a perfect topic to close the week. My selection in that realm, 666 Revealed.
Plot/ This documentary examines Satanism, the occult, and serial killers including Albert Fish, Andrei Chikatilo, Fred and Rosemary West, Harold Shipman, and David Berkowitz.
Being a fan of the occult and the dark arts, when I saw this one on Netflix, I knew it had to close out documentary week. I especially enjoy works that portray controversial topics such as Satanism in an appropriate light. While misunderstood, true Satanism encourages the fringe genius to stand tall and believe in ones ability, creativity and knowledge.  While not a great or perfect documentary, it definitely does a fair job at displaying the Church of Satan in a proper light, without the typical propaganda that exists. It looked at religious history, witchcraft and serial killer and the role Satan played in those realms.  Is it perfect, no, as some of it is uneven and falls flat and some of the connections drawn by the filmmakers make little sense? There is also a clear religious agenda present, which influenced any type of journalistic integrity.  While I did find this entertaining and interesting, it definitely is not for everyone. If you enjoy documentaries about a darker path, Hail Satan and check it out, if not, stay away.

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