Folks, I’ve got a few guilty pleasures I rarely talk about. Of course, everybody has them. Some people like to pick their nose, others masturbate and some even get off on digging their finger nail into their gums. Me, I love to kick back late at night with some cheap-ass Black Cherry soda, kettle corn and watch Mondo Macabro films.
You can always be sure you’re going to get a healthy dose of Euro-sleaze when you watch Mondo Macabro films and really…is there any other kind of sleaze? Sure, there’s all kinds of sleaze but there’s nothing quite like Euro-sleaze. You can almost smell the Brut cologne and Sen-Sen as you watch some of the most beautiful women in film strut their stuff, shake their wares and steal your heart. If names like Miranda Soledad, Laura Gemser, Edwige Fenech and Barbara Bouchet don’t awaken the sleeping giant in your pants…well then by God nothing will!
When I read about the newest release from Mondo Macabro I figured I’d eventually grab it when I had time and was in the mood for a bit o’ sexy Satanism. I wish I had grabbed it sooner because I was greatly impressed by this blasphemous little gem. Fans of Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures are going to find Don’t Deliver Us From Evil not only interesting but familiar as Don’t Deliver Us From Evil was based on the same criminal case.
Anne (Jeanne Goupil) and Lore (Catherine Wagener) are the best of friends, neighbors and schoolmates. They share everything with each other and have even dedicated themselves to committing wanton acts of unfettered evil in the name of their Lord Satan. Said evil for The Dark One would include such atrocities as prick teasing the local cow herder, setting hay fields ablaze, murdering a simpleton gardener’s pet birds and even confessing unholy thoughts and actions to a Priest simply for shock value.
Despite ones initial assumption that this is a lesbian relationship, it’s obvious the feelings these girls share goes far deeper than sexual experimentation. They’ve created a world in which only they exist for one another and both have dedicated themselves to disrupting what they believe to be an “adult” world. Their constant attempts to push adults to their limits with their budding, and seemingly innocent, sexuality and their blasphemy is obviously their way of dragging adult hypocrisy kicking and screaming out into the light. Anne is without a doubt the ring leader though and she constantly dominates Lore.
Both girls soon begin preparing for “the ceremony” in which they fully give themselves to each other and as well as The Devil. They steal a vestment, a communion chalice and a thurible (incense doohickey) and commit a grave sin by accepting the Eucharist during communion and then covertly spitting them out and saving them for their ceremony. With over a hundred wafers saved and Anne’s parents out of town on vacation, the girls decide to commence with their black mass. Holding procession over this vile affair would be none other than the simpleton gardener that works for Anne’s parents.
After the ceremony is complete both girls continue to run rampant causing all sorts of mayhem. Though Anne realizes she’s crossed the line she continues to lead herself and Lore down a path of destruction.
During a late night bike ride, the girls happen upon a gentleman (Bernard Dhéran) stranded on the side of the road. They inform him that there’s no gas within miles and the chances of somebody answering the door at one of the nearby farmhouses would be slim, so they offer to ride him back to their chalet to stay the night. He gratefully accepts and they’re soon back in the “guest house” not far from Anne’s Family’s chateau. The man is stunned when Anne and Lore start a fire in the fireplace and then begin stripping off their clothing down to their undergarments to start a fire in his pants! The girls proceed to lounge about the room in their panties, enticing the man. When Anne decides to get more wood for the fire, the riled scoundrel grabs the childlike Lore and begins tearing away clothing. Before the rape can occur, Anne bashes his skull in with a log.
There’s nothing left to do but dispose of the body and hope nobody suspects the girls of any wrongdoing. The police aren’t that stupid though and an investigation is under way. The girls refuse to be separated though. They’ll remain together in this world or the next.
Wonderful film! I loved it. It was sexy and sacrilegious. I completely see how this ended up being banned in France as well as blacklisted from being exported. There’s no doubt in my mind that this caused a stir in the Catholic Church. The repression of the Church, the taboo sexuality of two young Catholic girls…yeah, this was probably quite the incendiary flick back in the day.
Mondo Macabro has done a wonderful job with the film; the transfer was clean and the sound was solid if not a touch on the quiet side. It features removable English subs and it’s packed with special features including two featurettes and two video interviews with director Joël Séria and actress Jeanna Goupil. This release is highly recommended.