Invocation of My Demon Brother seems to be Kenneth Anger’s most glossed over film. I find the short to be one that I keep coming back to. I just can’t get enough of real-life convicted killer Bobby Beausoleil and his suave top hat. Beausoleil would later go on to kill a worthless hippy-wannabe-Buddhist drug dealer. One would be a liar if they didn’t admit that Bobby Beausoleil’s acting and actions are certainly a contribution to this dying world. I also enjoyed seeing Anton LaVey when he was in his prime and still dressing up as a sort of carny Satan. I just find it kind of odd to see LaVey in Kenneth Anger’s world of Aleister Crowley and Thelema. Rolling Stones mouthpiece Mick Jagger also deserves praise for the synthesizer score he created for Invocation of My Demon Brother. Sympathy for the Devil, indeed.
Invocation of My Demon Brother opens with a young albino man that seems to have problems with his eyes. It is probably all the naked homos in the shadows that have haunted him. This young albino is a very aesthetically unappealing individual that looks like the bastard hate child of a Germanic barbarian warrior and a degenerate Mongolian thief. Maybe this fellow has eye trouble because he looked too closely at himself in Kenneth Anger's mirror. I wouldn’t be surprised if this fellow is one of Kenneth Anger’s ex-boyfriends who Anger would later put one of his infamous spells on. Either way, this blond haired untermensch is surely a creep.
Kenneth Anger certainly embarrassed himself in Invocation of My Demon Brother with his undeniably flaming gay performance in a sparkle covered red robe. Anger flaunts a magic wand with a sort of flamboyance that would put Richard Simmons to shame. Kenneth Anger also waves around a swastika flag which I found interesting considering Anger (Anglemyer)’s dubious ancestral background. Despite Kenneth Anger being the black magician lead of the short, Anton LaVey steals the show just by hovering over a skull and some candles. Invocation of My Demon Brother is as close to a marriage as there will be between The Church of Satan and Aleister Crowley’s Thelema.
Despite his sympathy for the devil, Mick Jagger’s concert performance footage brings a “heavenly” feel to the world of Invocation of My Demon Brother. Mick is probably the most innocent of these black artists and also the most famous. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mick Jagger’s attraction to the work of Kenneth Anger was primarily fueled by his strong thirst for vice. I must say that I am happy that Beausoleil, LaVey, Anger, and Jagger got together and made a short film like no other. Invocation of My Demon Brother certainly invoked a celebration of the demon in myself.