Ah…the era of “Satanic Panic.” Do you remember? That’s when, mostly in the 1980s, all these news stories about so-called “Satanic” cults came out. Many of these stories focused on SRA—Satanic Ritual Abuse. Paranoia was stoked about seemingly normal daycare centers and schools being infiltrated by satanists. There was also a big movement at that time on the part of some Christian churches to “expose” what they felt was secret Satanic in rock music and etc.
And so now Hulu is developing a whole fictional TV series based on this topic, called Demons. The series synopsis, per The Hollywood Reporter:
The drama revolves around Marilyn Jones, the seductive “patient zero” in the frenzy surrounding satanic ritual abuse, and her husband, Bennett Lewis, a brilliant but manipulative psychiatrist. In success, each season of Demons would explore a twisted crime affected by the couple’s dark exploration into the fragile nature of memory and guilt.
I’ve done some research on this topic myself, and my opinion on it is that I think in many cases the crimes committed against children were real, and not merely “implanted memories” by psychiatrists and whatnot…but also that the “Satanic” elements were often used by the mind (especially under hypnosis) symbolically rather than literally. Then the more “gory” occult elements were stressed by the psychiatrists & the media, and eventually used against the victim’s own credibility. No matter which way you looked at it, the kids ended up being the victims of somebody.
I also think that elements of a cartoonish, almost Hollywood-type “Satanism” were consciously used by criminals and criminal organizations during the 1960s-1990s—the same way like Bruce Wayne dressed like a bat, used like an intimidating “prop”—rather than there being an actual religion per something we have seen in Rosemary’s Baby and whatnot.
People who actually worship these dark energies—the types of “elite” folk the conspiracy videos on YouTube obsess about to this very day in a modern version of “Satanic Panic”—are far too smart and shrewd to insert their beliefs so openly in rock/rap music and fashion shows and cartoons and Superbowl half-time specials using a huge goat-man and inverted pentagram. That is cartoon shit. If you really wanted to understand these people, you’d have to read thick books on philosophy and science and like actual theology and boring shit like that.
That said, we are indeed, largely thanks to YouTube, in the middle of a new “Satanic Panic,” so this new series Demons comes well-timed.