Inspired by films from the golden age of religious cinema such as A THIEF IN THE NIGHT (1972), IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU, WHAT WILL HORSES DO? (1971) and STALKED (1969), SATAN HATES YOU is a graphic horror film that tells the stories of two individuals and their personal struggles with Lucifer himself.
We follow Marc (Don Wood) a homicidal maniac driven by demons buried deep within his soul, and Wendy (Christine Spencer) Marc’s polar opposite who lives life fast and hard without a second’s thought to the consequences. Their separate paths will eventually cross, but will it be on the road to salvation or the highway to hell?
Director – James Felix McKenney
Starring – Don Wood, Christine Spencer, Angus Scrimm
Satan hates you. And while he may hate me, I liked this film. We’ll put this one into the definitely not for everyone mix but it does have its moments. Now having said that, I’m not sure how many times I’ll be re-watching it. One of those films that’s good to see once and maybe not again. Considering the title you’d think you might be in for some of the most depraved acts ever put to screen. Nope. In fact, for the most part it’s rather tame. The disclaimer you get at the beginning of the film pretty much says it all.
“This motion picture is not intended for children. It is to be viewed by adults and mature teens only. Although there is no nudity, graphic sex or p*rnographic language in this film, there are scenes of shocking violence, deviant sin and other behaviors and situations related to the lifestyles of those who walk in Satan’s shadow. If you are easily offended or of a delicate nature, you may choose not to watch the following motion picture. But do so at the risk of losing your IMMORTAL SOUL.”
Now I ask you, how can you not like a film that begins like that. After that little disclaimer we see Dr. Michael Gabriel (played by none other than Angus Scrimm), a televangelist reading from an open bible. Cut to a bar named CoCo 66 but for all intents and purposes just 66. Here we see young folk dancing, drinking, doing drugs, and fornicating in dingy bathrooms. You know, all of those things that Satan just loves.
Two crucial events happen at that club. First, Wendy, a party girl in every sense of the word, has sex with a couple of guys at different times. Second, a man named Marc, who doesn’t like to be thought of as homosexual, kills another guy for doing just that. These are the two main characters whose lives we’ll witness as good and evil do battle for their souls.
Four months later our story picks back up. Wendy is pregnant but has no idea who the father is. Marc is drinking very heavily and wandering around with no real purpose other than getting drunk and killing anyone who suspects that he might be gay. As they go about their lives of sinning they are constantly being reminded of the power of the lord from Dr. Michael Gabriel on the television. In fact, the only station the town seems to get is a religious channel with twenty four hour preaching. If only they would listen.
Satan Hates You is a rather unique horror film. I don’t recall ever seeing one that seemed to be preaching the gospel, so to speak. But don’t let that fool you. You get some blood, violence and one rather disgusting slightly warped medical procedure. On top of that there are some very funny black humor moments, which are always a personal favorite of mine.
The acting for the most part is good, silly as the proceedings are. Horror heavyweights Angus Scrimm, Michael Berryman and Debbie Rochon only add to the overall twisted fun. And this film is twisted, in a good wholesome way. One of the funniest scenes in the movie involves a group of young teenage drug dealers as they argue over the rules of their current role-playing game. It’s priceless.
Director James Felix McKenney was also the screenwriter and I have to give him credit for coming up with such a bizarre movie. I mean that as a compliment. I don’t think I could have thought of this and if I did, probably wouldn’t have the guts to try and pull something like this off.
All in all I would have to say see this one but only if you can catch it on cheap rental. But, and I cannot stress this hard enough, this will not be for everyone. Truly a film that you will either like or hate. Notice I didn’t say love. It isn’t without some faults but for a low budget horror movie you could do a whole lot worse.
Satan Hates You (2010)