A Black Ribbon for Deborah

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
A Black Ribbon for Deborah
Un fiocco nero per Deborah.jpg
Directed by Marcello Andrei
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Piero Regnoli
  • Marcello Andrei
  • Alvaro Fabrizio
  • Giuseppe Pulieri[1]
Music by Albert Verrecchia[1]
Cinematography Claudio Racca[1]
Edited by Gianni Oppedisano[1]
Paola Film s.r.l.[2]
Distributed by Alpherat
Release date
  • 26 September 1974 (1974-09-26) (Italy)
Running time
108 minutes[2]
Country Italy[2]
Box office ₤118.676 million

A Black Ribbon for Deborah (Italian: Un fiocco nero per Deborah) is a 1974 Italian horror film directed by Marcello Andrei.



Director Marcello Andrei and his co-writers originally conceived the film with an original idea of a dying woman passing the child she is bearing to another person.[3] Giuseppe Pulieri stated that the script he worked one was ruined by a producers attempt to exploit the film as part of the "demonic possession" cycle of films.[3] Pulieri stated that "The script stayed ten years in the drawer, I even pestered Raymond Stross into making it, to no avail ... they altered the story, the in all the usual bullshit: the witches, the sorcerer, the special effects..."[3]

The film began shooting on May 13, 1974.[3]


A Black Ribbon for Deborah was distributed theatrically in Italy by Alpherat on 26 September 1974.[2] The film grossed a total of 118,676,000 Italian lire domestically.[2] Italian film historian Roberto Curti described the film as passing "almost unnoticed on its theatrical release".[3]

The film was first released on home video in the United States and the United Kingdom in the early 1980s,[3] it was released in the United Kingdom as The Torment.[2]


AllMovie defines the film a "low-wattage horror piece".[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Curti 2017, p. 119.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Curti 2017, p. 120.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Curti 2017, p. 121.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Deborah (1974)". AllMovie. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 


  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970–1979. McFarland. ISBN 1476629609. 

External links[edit]