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Abby (1974)

A marriage counselor becomes possessed by the demon of sexuality, when her father in law, an exorcist, freed it while in Africa.

Director:

William Girdler

Writers:

William Girdler (story), Gordon Cornell Layne (screenplay) (as G. Cornell Layne) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Marshall ... Bishop Garnet Williams
Terry Carter ... Rev. Emmett Williams
Austin Stoker ... Det. Cass Potter
Carol Speed ... Abby Williams
Juanita Moore ... Miranda 'Momma' Potter
Charles Kissinger ... Dr. Hennings
Elliott Moffitt Elliott Moffitt ... Russell Lang
Nathan Cook Nathan Cook ... Tafa Hassan
Nancy Lee Owens Nancy Lee Owens ... Mrs. Wiggins
William P. Bradford William P. Bradford ... Dr. Rogers (as Billy Bradford)
Joann Holcomb Joann Holcomb ... Lois
Claude Fulkerson Claude Fulkerson ... Benny
Bill Wilson Bill Wilson ... Dan
Charles Broaddus Charles Broaddus ... Joe (as Chuck Broadus)
Don Henderson ... Flip
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Storyline

Living with her pious pastor husband, and her equally religious mother, the polite Christian marriage counsellor, Abby, is about to have a close encounter with the supernatural, when her archaeologist father-in-law, Bishop Garnet Williams, inadvertently unleashes an ancient spirit. Now, possessed with an unholy Nigerian deity, Abby becomes a violent, obscene, and sexually obsessed vessel of raw evil and nothing can stop her, or the entity that commands her. Can Williams expel the demon inside her? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Abby doesn't need a man anymore... The Devil is her Lover Now! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In addition to the devastating tornadoes that struck during filming, there were more instances of bad luck on the set. Actor Terry Carter broke his ribs filming one scene, and whenever Carol Speed would appear on the set dressed as the demon, the generators would fail. See more »

Quotes

The Demon's voice: I don't need you! I've got Abby!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

My Soul Is A Witness
Written and Performed by Carol Speed
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Wonderful blaxsploitation spin on The Exorcist
4 January 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

One of the strangest, wildest, and weirdest blaxsploitation movies, Abby is an African-American retelling of The Exorcist, with Carol Speed as the possessed title character. The chaste and devout wife of a reverend, Abby spends her time as a marriage counselor in her neighborhood parish. Through mind-boggling misfortune having to do with the accidental release of a vicious demon, Abby begins to exhibit odd behavior (giving out salacious marital advice in one hysterical scene) and a noticeable change in the vocal register. Transforming from the practically virginal naif into a sex-starved ghoul with a hyena's chortle, Abby takes off into the night of dance clubs and singles bars. Father-in-law William Marchall races home from Africa to perform the exorcism, but will he be too late?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blaxorcist See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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