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Abby (1974)

 -  Horror  -  25 December 1974 (USA)
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A possession film about a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by a Demon of Sexuality, when her father in law, an Exorcist, freed it while in Africa. He returns home, along with his ... See full summary »

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Bishop Garnet Williams
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Rev. Emmett Williams
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Det. Cass Potter
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Abby Williams
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Miranda 'Momma' Potter
Charles Kissinger ...
Dr. Hennings
Elliott Moffitt ...
Russell Lang
Nathan Cook ...
Tafa Hassan
Nancy Lee Owens ...
Mrs. Wiggins
William P. Bradford ...
Dr. Rogers (as Billy Bradford)
Joann Holcomb ...
Lois
Claude Fulkerson ...
Benny
Bill Wilson ...
Dan
Charles Broaddus ...
Joe (as Chuck Broadus)
Don Henderson ...
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A possession film about a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by a Demon of Sexuality, when her father in law, an Exorcist, freed it while in Africa. He returns home, along with his son and a policeman to perform an African Exorcism on her. Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

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...the story of a woman possessed! See more »

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25 December 1974 (USA)  »

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The Blaxorcist  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Out of circulation for years after Warner Bros. sued American International claiming it was a ripoff of its film The Exorcist (1973). Although the film was very profitable (its budget was approx. $200,000 and it earned $4 million in its first month of release), director/producer William Girdler never saw a penny of it because of the lawsuit, which was settled shortly before he died in 1978. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Emmett Williams: I am black and comely as the curtains of Solomon, o, ye daughter of Jerusalem. Let me kiss thee with the kisses of my mouth, for thy love is better than wine.
Abby Williams: What makes you call it love?
Rev. Emmett Williams: Abby...
Abby Williams: [lapsing into demon voice] I want to know why you call sex "love". It's just an animal lust, isn't it? I'm not your ho'.
Rev. Emmett Williams: Oh, come on, Abby...
Abby Williams: Shit, you ain't got enough to satisfy me, you impotent son of a bitch!
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My Soul Is A Witness
Written and Performed by Carol Speed
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Great exploitation of THE EXORCIST
14 November 2008 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Bishop and Archaeologist Garnett Williams (BLACULA's William Marshall) unleashed a demon in Africa and it travels all the way to the US to possess his daughter-in-law Abby (Carol Speed). Things move quickly as Abby starts cursing, vomiting, abusing her husband Emmett (Terry Carter) and attacking an old lady. Garnett returns to the US to exorcise this demon but he, Emmett and Abby's detective brother Cass (Austin Stoker) must find her first as she has disappeared into the city.

This is pretty cheaply made but entertaining as hell. Speed is quite over-the-top at points but it all works. Hearing the deep base voice throwing obscenities is both hilarious and shocking. The rest of the cast handles it all well, keeping a serious face during the absurd proceedings. Director William Girdler wastes little time (the film runs 85 minutes) and delivers a few atmospheric bits, like when the entity is first released in a cave and when it enters the Williams' house. Warner Bros. apparently successfully sued AIP and got this pulled from theaters. A shame really because, outside of a foul mouthed demon, there is very little similarity and I doubt WB owns the copyright on films about demonic possession.


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