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(aka "Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal" or "But don't deliver us from Evil")


directed by Joël Séria
France 1971


Aristocratic Anne (Jeanne Goupil, MARIE-POUPÉE) and middle class Lore (Catherine Wagener, I AM FRIGID... WHY?) - rebel against their hypocritical provincial upbringings the only way they know how: embracing sin and wickedness. They do so by the usual means learned from a combination of their prurient Catholic school upbringing and pulp magazines by worshiping Satan (they build up a collection of communion wafers and hold a black mass in the disused chapel of Anne's family chateau) and teasing older men (going from showing off their calves to priests and farmers to stripping down to their underwear for coffee with a motorist whose car breaks down by the chateau). When one of their naughty games gets out of hand and the buildup of reports of their behavior combined with a disappearance draw suspicion from the police, the church, their parents, and the townspeople, Anne and Lore take drastic steps to stay together.

Director and former actor Joël Séria was warned from the start that his debut film's combination of sex and religion might get the film banned and it was; but not for its sexual or violent content but for its seeming anti-religious bias (Séria went to a Catholic school and he is decidedly unsubtle about religious hypocrisy as a priest not only ogles Anne's calves during confession but also becomes excited when she confesses to having seen two nuns kissing). Nevertheless, the film was a sensation at Cannes and made it to the UK through distributor Anthony Balch (BIZARRE/SECRETS OF SEX, HORROR HOSPITAL). It is somewhat difficult to sympathize with the girls as their parents are more boorish than oppressive and the priests and nuns come off as somewhat cartoonish (and not just through the eyes of the girls during an early sermon about lust) although it could be argued that the deliberation with which the girls carry out most of their acts (be it killing a servants pet birds one at a time and watching his reaction from a hiding place or setting fire to haystacks and distracting a herder to let his cows get away) is in keeping with their reasoned decision to embrace wickedness. It is obvious that things will eventually lead to murder but the film's ending is quite surprising (especially for the deadpan way in which the girls' final act is carried out before hysteria breaks out; the liner notes on the DVD mention that the director's subsequent films have been mostly comedies with some very dark humor). Given the film's subject matter of the private world of two girls in a stifling conservative and religious setting, DON'T DELIVER US FROM EVIL would make a good double bill with another Mondo Macabro release: the more overtly supernatural Mexican horror film ALUCARDA.

Eric Cotena


Theatrical Release: 18 March 1972 (Japan)

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DVD Review: Mondo Macabro - Region 0 - NTSC

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Mondo Macabro

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:42:00

1.63:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono)
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mondo Macabro

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.63:1

Edition Details:
• Hellish Creatures: interview with writer Paul Buck (16:9; 12:03)
• Settling the Score: interview with director Joël Séria (16:9; 15:23)
• The Devil's Advocate: interview with actress Jeanne Goupil (16:9; 11:48)
• About the Film (Text Screen Essay - 6 pages)
• Promotional Art Gallery
• More from Mondo Macabro (16:9; 5:06)

DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006

Chapters 16



Mondo Macabro's DVD is anamorphic, progressive, and dual-layered. The image is softish in places but that seems to result from the original photography (soft filters are employed in some fantasy scenes but night exteriors are grainy and less defined as can be expected in low budget shooting). In "Hellish Creatures" crime writer Paul Buck draws thematic parallels between the film and the true crime that inspired Peter Jackson's HEAVENLY CREATURES.

Actress Goupil and director Séria contribute short interviews. As always with Mondo Macabro titles, the "About the Film" text screens should not be passed over as it is more of an informative essay than a synopsis. A promotional gallery and Mondo Macabro's trailer reel round out the extras.

 - Eric Cotenas


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