‘Le diable est parmi nous’ a/k/a ‘Satan’s Sabbath’ is part of the dark, sleazy recesses of Quebec’s cinematic past

Le diable est parmi nous (a/k/a The Possession of Victoria and Satan’s Sabbath)

Written by John Dunning and André Link

Directed by Jean Beaudin

Canada, 1972

Le diable est parmi nous (also known as The Possession of Virginia and Satan’s Sabbath) continues the Fantasia International Film Festival’s foray into the dark, sleazy recesses on Quebec’s cinematic past. This, like the previously-covered Pouvoir intime, is another homegrown genre effort that hasn’t seen the light of day on home video since the VHS era. The 35mm copy shown at the festival is the only complete extant print, and was loaned from the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa. As such, the screened version is in as good a shape as you could expect an archival print to be. The film itself, meanwhile, is remarkably messier, pitched somewhere between a Parallax View-esque conspiracy thriller and an occult-themed sexploitation film,
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