We doubt The Church Of Scientology’s followers will let some little HBO documentary shake their deeply held—and to the outside observer, nutso crazy—beliefs, but this trailer for Alex Gibney’s Going Clear does cast the organization in a pretty ominous light. There are voiceovers of people talking about Scientology’s mysterious ability to convince people to think and do things, there are quick shots of mysterious documents and typewriters, and a bunch of “get hyped!” quotes from outlets like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Then there’s the reveal: A giant, blue fortress, from which no mysterious typewriters will ever escape.
Going Clear is based on Lawrence Wright’s non-fiction book of the same name, and it should be interesting to see how people respond to it. Maybe some viewers will be so intrigued by the mysterious typewriters that they’ll sign up with Scientology just to see what the fuss is about. Mysterious typewriters are pretty cool, after all. Hey, maybe we should all just join Scientology and not watch any documentaries about the crazy things that it does? That sounds like a good idea to us. Anyway, Going Clear—which The Church Of Scientology isn’t happy about, so maybe we shouldn’t be either—will premiere on HBO on Sunday, March 29.