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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Abby (1974)

"Abby" (1974) is a black cult horror film that Warner Brothers pulled due to copyright infringement to the 1973 film, "The Exorcist." The film had a great cast and saw early success in theaters when it was released. Unfortunately, because the film was banned, there were talks that Warner Brothers confiscated the film elements as well, and the condition of the elements is still being determined. Nevertheless, this movie is a must-see for all horror fans. You'll get entertainment, and you'll even question why there was copyright infringement in the first place after you watch it. Unfortunately, I don't know how you can copyright possession films. Hopefully, one day we will see a remastered version of this cult classic.

The lead actress, Carol Speed, passed away in January of 2022, and co-star, Austin Stoker, recently passed on October 7th. R.I.P.

Director: William Girdler
Writers: William Girdler (story), Gordon Cornell Layne (screenplay)

Starring William Marshall, Carol Speed, Terry Carter, Juanita Moore, Austin Stoker, Charles Kissinger

Abby tells the story of a young, church-going housewife (Carol Speed) who is possessed by an erotically charged Nigerian sex demon and accidentally set free of its African confines by her archeologist father-in-law (William Marshall). Possessed by the renegade spirit, Abby goes on a hell-bent spree of destruction and wanton sexual behavior, all to the shock of her minister husband. However, when Abby's father-in-law returns from Africa to exorcise the demon inside her, all hell breaks loose as a battleground of good versus evil as Abby's family fights to save her soul from eternal damnation!