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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nathan Cook ...
Tafa Hassan
Nancy Lee Owens ...
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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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Release Date:

25 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Blaxorcist  »

Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Marshall was vocal about his unhappiness with the production of the film, mostly because he'd been promised certain script revisions that never materialized. See more »


Bishop Garnet Williams: Eshu is the most powerful of all earthly deities. Eshu is a trickster, creator of whirlwinds... chaos.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) See more »


My Soul Is A Witness
Written and Performed by Carol Speed
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"My soul is a witness for my Lord..."
2 May 2001 | by (northeastern PA) – See all my reviews

Scary, hilarious, and vastly better than its reputation suggests, Abby has a number of moments where you don't know whether to laugh or scream. I, personally, ended up laughing most of the time. One of these scenes has Abby (Carol Speed) beating up a concerned family friend while chanting, "Here we go 'round the merry-go-round, merry-go-round, merry-go-round...." Another moment has Abby obscenely salivating over chicken blood. Still another is when she rips open her blouse and begins spouting four-letter words at a marriage-counseling session. Then there's the discotheque exorcism, with the demon bellowing and swearing as the joint is telekinetically demolished. A lot of the movie is ridiculous, yes, but that's why it's so horrific. If it were rational, what would be the point?

Some scenes, however, fall off the humor-horror fence onto the comedy side. The best example of this is Abby's performance of the soulful "My Soul is a Witness" in the church choir. The problem is, Carol can't sing! Another character mentions her "angelic voice." Apparently the angels live in her sinuses! Then there's the use of fried chicken as a constant theme and Juanita Moore's sage pearls of wisdom about "lovin' a good man."

The performances range from passable to quite good. The best comes from the always dignified, commanding William Marshall as the exorcist. Paula Henderson's main theme, "Will We Find Our Tomorrows," is memorable, as is most everything else about the movie. Though it's often silly, Abby is never dull.

Trivia: Made for $500,000, Abby was a substantial success, grossing $9 million during its month in theaters. After that month, Warners sued and profits were frozen. Director William Girdler died two weeks after the suit was settled and never saw a dime.

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