By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Eddie Ray
Satanic Panic: Band Out of Hell is one of those films you go into expecting more low budget, campy goodness than you can handle with a bit of laughs here and there. Every so often, you get surprised by a different kind of film that is strange, fun, and ultimately well made.
Satanic Panic is a band that has risen to international stardom and are themed as Satanists. They run into trouble when they become the targets of actual Satanists, who aim to sacrifice them to the dark lord.
This twenty minute short is certainly over the top and is quite refreshing compared to the many cheesy, ‘so bad they’re good’ films that have recently surfaced. The strongest attribute of the film is that the characters seem to take themselves seriously and are not self-aware, i.e., the characters do not ruin the tone for a quick and easy gag.
Though the acting is silly at times, one would not expect a truly horrifying moment reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby: several characters are standing in a kitchen chanting ‘Hail Satan!” again and again.
This film features several tracks from the band (which is fictional) with accompanying music videos. These are quite interesting, well made, and will keep the audience hooked for the short runtime. It is worth noting that I couldn’t shake the Scooby Doo feeling while watching this one.
This film premiered at the 2011 Buried Alive! Film Festival and received the Audience Choice Award.
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