Deborah (1974)

DEBORAH (1974)
Article 2046 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-21-2006
Posting Date: 3-20-2007
Directed by Marcello Andrei
Featuring Bradford Dillman, Marina Malfatti, Gig Young

A sterile woman’s obsession with having a child results in her development of psychic powers. After she witnesses an auto accident, she develops a hysterical pregnancy and begins meeting with the woman who was in the accident. However, things may not be what they seem…

This horror / drama (an oddball little variation of ROSEMARY’S BABY without Satanism, a similarity that is further underscored by Marina Malfatti’s Mia-Farrow-like hairstyle) shows a bit of promise, and could have been an interesting movie. Unfortunately, substandard dubbing, unlikable and shrill characters, an overbearing and wrong-headed musical soundtrack, and stylistic misfires (occasionally it comes across as third-rate De Palma) all conspire to make the very watching of the movie a real chore, and this short-circuits the movie’s effectiveness. Still, there’s at least one good twist near the end, as well as one that is pretty obvious, but when all is said and done, this would have worked better as a thirty-minute episode of “The Twilight Zone”.


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