31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 27: Abby


Abby (1974)

  • It’s a blaxploitation film that has been dubbed “The Black Exorcist”. While it comes nowhere close to The Exorcist in terms of the quality of plot and filming, when viewed as a parody it becomes pure cinematic gold. 
  • William H. Marshall (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream) and Carol Speed (The Mack) star in this film. 
  • This movie is absolutely hilarious even though it is meant to be taken seriously. 
  • African spirituality is the main theme of the plot. While this movie sort of cheapens and demonizes African spiritual traditions such as the pantheon of the Orishas, it’s still nice to see a movie that features African folklore.
  • The scene where Abby first gets possessed by the spirit in the shower. She has an orgasm during the possession so that should tell you what orifice he used to enter her. 
  • The scene where Abby is cutting the raw chicken and the spirit in her starts lusting for blood. That is the nastiest looking chicken I have ever seen!
  • The lines ascribed to Eshu, the spirit that possesses Abby are ridiculously funny especially when Abby interfaces with her husband and father-in-law. “Shit, you ain’t got enough to satisfy me, you impotent son of a bitch!”, says a possessed Abby to her perplexed preacher husband. 
  • The movie is extremely low-budget, the make up and special effects are horrendous, but it is still entertaining and if I would have first seen this as a kid, I would have been scared. 
  • It’s a 70’s horror flick. 
  • I love William H. Marshall’s deep, booming and commanding voice. He could use that baritone to exorcise the wickedest demon. I also love how his character is not fazed by the antics of Eshu unlike his punk ass son. 
  • It was released by American International Pictures, the b-movie house that released gems such as The Dunwich Horror, Blacula, Black Caesar, Cooley High, Coffy, Foxy Brown, and the Island of Dr. Moreau.





31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 17: Carrie


Carrie (1976)

Why I love it:

  • It’s based on the book “Carrie” by Stephen King, written just 2 years prior to the film’s release.
  • It’s about a teenage girl named Carrie, played by Sissy Spacek, who is endowed with psychic powers including telekinesis, the ability to move objects with your mind. As a result of her supernatural gifts, Carrie is a reclusive outcast at school and in her neighborhood. Carrie’s ultra-religious mother is the primary cause of Carrie’s awkwardness. 
  • It’s raw, in your face, and unapologetic when it comes to the dark subject matter.
  • This is one of the few horror movies where you actually feel sorry for the villain, if you can even call her that.
  • John Travolta has a rather significant role in this movie. He plays one of the high school jerks. 
  • The clever and funny lines that Carrie’s fanatical and psychotic mother utters such as: “Pimples are the Lord’s way of chastising you.”, “I should’ve killed myself when he put it in me.”, “I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will”, and “First comes the blood, then the boys”.
  • The scene where the gym teacher smacks the shit out of one of Carrie’s school mates. Teachers could get away with that type of stuff back then. Lol.
  • Carrie having her first period in the school shower scene. 
  • The scene where Carrie uses her telekinesis to knock the little brat off his bike. “Creepy Carrie, Creepy Carrie”, he taunts. Carrie gives him a dirty look, then bam!, he eats dirt. 
  • The scene where Carrie puts her foot down, using her telekinesis to close all the open windows in the house in defiance of her mother’s demands. “I’m going mama, you can’t stop me, and I don’t wanna talk about it anymore”. 
  • The scene where Carrie’s mother starts pulling her own hair in anguish over Carrie. 
  • The infamous prom scene where pigs’ blood is dumped on Carrie. 
  • The scene where Carrie returns home from the prom and is sitting in the tub washing off the blood is one of the saddest scenes in a horror film ever. I could cry just thinking about it.
  • The scene where Carrie is confronted by her mother after cleaning off the bloody filth from the prom. Carrie uses her telekinetic powers once again–this time on her own mother as well as the creepy house wherein they reside.
  • The final scene where Carrie reaches her hand out of the rubble that used to be her home. One of the best horror movie endings ever. 
  • It’s a 70’s horror flick.
  • It provides great social discourse for issues such as bullying, psychic abilities, and religious extremism. 




31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 16: The Omen I & II

The Omen poster

The Omen (1976)

Why I love it:

  • It’s a story about a child who is the Anti-Christ incarnate, switched at birth and given to unsuspecting power elitist parents. 
  • The film begins in Rome where a Catholic priest deceives Robert Thorn, the main character played by Gregory Peck, by giving him a replacement son after telling him that his biological son died. 
  • The underlying political message: Robert Thorn is made  U.S. ambassador to Great Britain which will facilitate Damien, the Anti-Christ’s rise to power.
  • Astrology is briefly featured with a reference to an “Astrologer’s Monthly” magazine piece that portends events surrounding the passing of a comet. The date given coincides with Damien’s date of birth.
  • Damien’s birth info: June 6th at 6:00 am (666). 
  • This movie is scary without over the top theatrics or hocus-pocus antics. 
  • The theme song is sung in Latin and the words actually say “Hail Satan”. 
  • The scene where the nanny hangs herself. “It’s all for you, Damien”, she says with a noose around her neck before jumping out the window.
  • The scene where the baboons try to attack Damien and his mother in the car at the zoo.
  • The hounds of hell played by bad-ass rottweilers. 
  • The scene where Damien rides his tricycle down the hall causing his mother to fall from the 2nd floor.
  • The decapitation scene. 
  • The deaths are ultra-violent despite the lack of blood and gore. 
  • It’s a 70’s flick. 
  • Mrs. Baylock, the sinister nanny who has been sent to keep watch over Damien. They couldn’t have cast a better woman to play this role. 
  • The sequel, The Omen II (1978) was pretty good and it is a nice progression from the original.