Mais ne nous délivrez pas du mal (1971)

Anne and Lore, neighbours and best friends, barely into their teens, board at a convent school where they have taken a vow to sin and to serve Satan. Anne keeps a secret diary, they read a salacious novel, they get a classmate in trouble, they spy on the nuns, they set aside their communion wafers; they make a pact of devotion. Summer vacation starts: Anne’s parents leave her alone with the servants for two months at the family château. She and Lore are free to make mischief. They are cruel as well and play games of seduction. As summer ends and fall term begins, things come to a head..

A loose adaptation of the Pauline Parker/Juliet Hulme murder, Don’t Deliver Us From Evil is an understated, unashamed, and unapologetic descent into the darkness of the human mind and spirit. While the depiction of youth facing corruption has been a staple of exploitation for decades, the actresses portray ambiguous vixens with satisfying panache, making the old seem new as they wiggle, struggle, pet, and scream in all the right places. They can act too. And Séria can direct, using the camera as an active eye with which to spy all the subversive action.

This movie is dedicated to the depraved. It promotes violence, sex, and Satan in an extremely compelling way. It is the ultimate peer pressure for little girls to behave badly. The movie itself is so dark and morbid and beautiful it feels as if it was sent from hell.
To truly enjoy this movie you must love depravity. To truly enjoy this movie you must cherish violence and savor death. To love this movie you have to be ready to witness the ultimate love between two girls and Satan.