Trapart Film’s documentary Anton LaVey: American Adversary has now entered post-production and editing stages.
The film, produced and directed by Carl Abrahamsson, focuses on Anton LaVey, founder of the infamous Church of Satan. Abrahamsson has interviewed many people who knew LaVey personally, and who share intimate memories and stories about the enigmatic, larger-than-life LaVey.
Anton LaVey was many things to many people: musician, magician, writer, wild animal trainer, police photographer, film buff, founder of a magical group, and possibly of a new religion, and yes… He was a Satanist. With his creation of the infamous Church of Satan in 1966, and his bestselling book The Satanic Bible in 1969, Anton LaVey changed the ballgame in many ways. Here was a free-spirited San Francisco based group neither in favour of mind-expanding drugs, nor of peace & love for its own sake. Here was a group that was decidedly, outspokenly anti-Christian. Here was a group that brought dark pro-sexual psychodrama and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche straight into American living rooms and TV couches. Anton LaVey became a celebrity scapegoat who basked in the attention, and made a successful career out of it. But who was Anton LaVey behind the public persona that so easily provoked primitive American Christians and other intolerants? Who was this enigmatic American Adversary?