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.