IMDB wrote:

Shocking and disturbing

This obscure French film, still unavailable in English, is a more fictionalized and much more exploitative version of the same real-life murder later covered in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures”. The two girls in this movie, however, are decidedly less sympathetic than the heroines of the later movie and they commit not only murder, but every form of religious sacrilege, as well as some unforgivable cruelty to some birds belonging to a poor, retarded handyman. It is thus pretty hard to feel much sympathy toward them (even if I could understand most of what they were saying).

The two girls are also decidedly younger than their juicy counterparts in “Heavenly Creatures” and the scenes of them prancing around in their underwear or one of the nymphets deliberately enticing a much older man and nearly being raped TWICE make for some decidedly uncomfortable viewing. To the movie’s credit these scenes are obviously intended to shock and disturb much more than titillate (and anyone who finds themselves being turned on by them probably has a lot bigger problems than this movie). The ending is very memorable and truly shocking. I would kind of like to watch this movie with English or Spanish subtitles, but I’m not really sure I could sit through it again.

IMDB wrote:

Time to deliver the message

I was 15 when I first saw this movie, back in 1973. I was studying GCE Film at a boarding school in Essex, when our tutor screened ‘Don’t deliver us’ for our mock O Level paper. The theme was censorship and immediately it became obvious that the censors were in for a tough time. Notwithstanding the sexual content of the film and the depraved way in which the two girls flout there vulnerability to the innocent village idiot, the film really ran into trouble with it’s anti-Catholic theme which is prominent throughout. This aside the film has plenty to say and with the advancement in our tolerance of the shocking and with more acceptance of criticism of the church, I feel it is time to give this film an airing and test it’s ability to deliver a message.

IMDB wrote:

Don’t Deliver Us from Evil (Joel Seria, 1971)

I recently made a binge of DVD purchases, and among these were 6 Mondo Macabro releases I had been eyeing for some time. This is the first one I checked out, and it’s a stunner – for several reasons! I had never heard of the film before its DVD announcement – but now I feel that it’s been seriously neglected and, hopefully, Mondo Macabro’s wonderful “Special Edition” can give this title a new lease of life.

Inspired by the same events which were eventually treated directly in Peter Jackson’s HEAVENLY CREATURES (1994), the film is a perverse little item with rampant anti-Catholicism at its fore and which, unsurprisingly, was banned when it emerged; with this in mind, I love the way Mondo Macabro ended their description of it on the back cover: “It’s a film that should be viewed only by those with very open minds”! Concerning two teenage girls’ rebellion against their repressed upbringing by making a Satanic pact, in which they dedicate their lives to committing evil, it reminded me of other notorious “Chick Flicks” from the same era such as ALUCARDA (1975) and TO BE TWENTY (1978). The film doesn’t have much of a plot and is deliberately paced, but it’s held firmly together by the deliciously malevolent performances of the two leads (and particularly the untrained Jeanne Goupil, from whose viewpoint the events are related, and who subsequently hitched up with first-time director and former actor Seria!).

It seems to me that the reason the film is so obscure is that, when new, it was ahead of its time but, even now, it would be almost impossible to make (despite the ostensibly graphic nature of French cinema today) – featuring any number of shocking and potentially offensive images, which I won’t spoil here for the uninitiated! Still, I have to mention the disturbing double rape inflicted – or, rather, invited – upon Catherine Wagener (though playing under-aged, the actress was actually 19 at the time) and the incredible finale, set inside a crowded school auditorium, which is sparked {sic} by the two girls’ recital on stage of a strange poem by Baudelaire. The simple yet haunting music – performed on the organ or as a cantata – is highly effective, and the DVD extras (featuring, among others, separate interviews with Seria and Goupil) complement the film very nicely indeed.

The Extras:
Hellish Creatures (Documentary) In English
Interview with Jeanne Goupil – English subs
Interview with Joel Seria – English subs




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