Merry-Go-Round

Satan Wants You

Sean HORLOR, Steve J. ADAMS|Canada|2023|90min |Asian Premiere |15+

Code Time Theater Rate GV
206 6/30  10:30 - 12:00 CGV Sopung 6 15
522 7/3  16:30 - 18:00 Korea Manhwa Museum 15
206 6/30  10:30 - 12:00CGV Sopung 6
15
522 7/3  16:30 - 18:00Korea Manhwa Museum
15

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Program Note

Satan Wants You tells the untold story of how the Satanic Panic of the 1980s was ignited by 'Michelle Remembers', a lurid memoir by psychiatrist Larry Pazder and his patient Michelle Smith. Supported by the Catholic Church, the bestselling book relied on recovered-memory therapy to uncover Michelle’s childhood abduction by baby-stealing Satanists. Amplified by law enforcement and America’s Daytime TV boom, satanic rumors spread through panic-stricken communities across the world, leaving a wave of destruction and wrongful convictions in their wake. This film digs deep into the roots of moral panics and cult conspiracies, showing how these events still affect and distort our reality today.

Program Note

Centering on “the satanic panic” of the 1980s, sparked by a now discredited memoir Michelle Remembers, Steve J. Adams and Sean Horlor’s truly gripping documentary is a stark reminder that today’s battle with misinformation is nothing new.
Told through archive footage and an array of interviews with law enforcement, journalists and relatives of psychiatrist, Lawrence Pazder, and his patent, Michelle Smith, who were behind the book, it examines so-called “Satanic ritual abuse” and questions many of the book’s claims. It also makes parallels with today, when conspiracy theories and misinformation continue to undermine the search for the truth. (Jason BECHERVAISE)

Director

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Sean HORLOR, Steve J. ADAMS

Sean HORLOR and Steve J. ADAMS are a directing team from Vancouver. They make films about pop culture and queer culture. They are proud members of the LGBTQ+ community. Their debut feature-length documentary Someone Like Me (2021) won numerous awards at international festivals, including a Rogers Audience Award at Hot Docs 2021. Their other short films also include the award-winning The Day Don Died (2018), as well as Brunch Queen (2018) and A Small Part of Me (2016). Satan Wants You (2023) is based on the 1980s bestseller Michelle Remembers.

Credit

Producer Michael GRAND, Melissa JAMES
Screenplay Sean HORLOR, Steve J. ADAMS
Cinematographer Blake Davey
Editor Graham KEW
Music Mark DOLMONT
Production Design Juan GONZALES
Cast Charles ENNIS, Ken LANNING, Blanche BARTON