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Abby (The Black Exorcist Edition) (1974)

Carol Speed , William Marshall , William Girdler  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Carol Speed, William Marshall, Austin Stoker, Juanita Moore
  • Directors: William Girdler
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: CF Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RACXFI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Abby (The Black Exorcist Edition)" on IMDb

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Abby Doesn t Need a Man...The Devil Is Her Lover Now!William Girdler s blaxploitation answer to The Exorcist (1973) is a down and dirty, dollar store knock-off of the Hollywood blockbuster that has since gained a loyal cult following of it s own. Pulled from theaters only weeks after it s premiere, sued into obscurity and essentially a lost movie for three decades, Abby is finally ready to repossess the souls of fans everywhere! SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES: trailer, radio spot, poster images, lobby card repros, production stills.

Review

The title Abby might sound like a '70s sitcom (I can hear the theme song now: "Abby, she's crabby...kind of stabby."), but it's in fact a blaxploitation horror movie that plays out unabashedly in the vein of The Exorcist. In fact, it came dangerously close to being called Blackorcist, and while that tile may have been distinctly cheesier, it may have helped prevent the film from being swept under the rug for decades like it was. Despite an opening full of corny, overly expository dialogue, the film settles down into a level of entertaining schlock that pushes the same shock buttons that The Exorcist pushed (albeit with a much lower budget): over-the-top profanity and sexuality, levitation, facial disfigurement, and, of course, mouth froth. What could be outright camp, though (given the tagline, "Abby doesn't need a man anymore...The devil is her lover!"), is treated with a straight face, despite the fact that the demon that possesses Abby (Carol Speed) looks like a Play Dough rendition of the Incredible Hulk. --www.blackhorrormovies.com

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. --www.imdb.com

I have to admit that although often ridiculous, Abby is never dull and a hoot to watch. --www.thespinningimage.co.uk

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of planted reviews from the Cinefear pirates! November 28, 2004
By Mr Vess
Format:DVD
This is not a review of "Abby" per se, but rather a warning to stay away from the pirate (yes, pirate) disc released by the bootleg store Cinefear, of which the reviews below (probably planted by Cinefear itself) rave. WAIT for the proper upcoming DVD of "Abby" instead of buying the high-price, horrible-quality, shoddily-made Cinefear disc. Why should you avoid Cinefear's bootleg disc? Well, it's detailed e.g. here - [...] - but for brevity, let me count some reasons:

- "Abby" was, of course, shot in widescreen. Cinefear's blatant lie on the cover is just an excuse for the fact that they made their bootleg disc full-screen only.

- Cinefear's "transfer" is an extremely ugly VHS transfer, full of tears, holes, smudges, artifacts, jumps and dirt. The sound is dull and hollow and the chapters freeze and skip. Their claim that this atrocity had been transferred from the original print is a blatant lie - you can actually find older pirate releases of "Abby" that look better than Cinefear's schlocky offer.

- There are no "many more" extras that Cinefear promises. A trailer, a radio spot, a description of the film and poster reproductions are there, and that's it.

- Cinefear asks the typical price of their pirate videos for "Abby", a price that is considerably higher than that of legal, high-quality DVDs.

Wait for the proper disc. Though Glen Danzig gave up its production, "Abby" *is* being prepared for a future release in a transfer from the actual film print, not an old VHS tape.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from Cinefear's pirate ripoff! August 1, 2004
By Mr Vess
Format:DVD
This is not a review of "Abby" per se, but rather a warning to stay away from the pirate (yes, pirate) disc released by the bootleg store Cinefear, of which the reviews below (probably planted by Cinefear itself) rave. WAIT for the proper upcoming DVD of "Abby" instead of buying the high-price, horrible-quality, shoddily-made Cinefear disc. Why should you avoid Cinefear's bootleg disc? Well, it's detailed e.g. here - [...] - but for brevity, let me count some reasons:

- "Abby" was, of course, shot in widescreen. Cinefear's blatant lie on the cover is just an excuse for the fact that they made their bootleg disc full-screen only.

- Cinefear's "transfer" is an extremely ugly VHS transfer, full of tears, holes, smudges, artifacts, jumps and dirt. The sound is dull and hollow and the chapters freeze and skip. Their claim that this atrocity had been transferred from the original print is a blatant lie - you can actually find older pirate releases of "Abby" that look better than Cinefear's schlocky offer.

- There are no "many more" extras that Cinefear promises. A trailer, a radio spot, a description of the film and poster reproductions are there, and that's it.

- Cinefear asks the typical price of their pirate videos for "Abby", a price that is considerably higher than that of legal, high-quality DVDs.

Wait for the proper disc. Though Glen Danzig gave up its production, "Abby" *is* being prepared for a future release in a transfer from the actual film print, not an old VHS tape.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie - Terrible DVD September 11, 2005
By JHC3
Format:DVD
Abby is something of a cult classic inspired by The Exorcist (1973). It features an excellent cast led by William Marshall, Terry Carter, Carol Speed, and Austin Stoker. The basic premise is scholar and minister Garnet Williams (Marshall) travels to Nigeria to work on an archaeological site. During the trip, he inadvertently releases a Nigerian demon which proceeds to possess his daughter-in-law, Abby (Speed). She soon manifests self-destructive and anti-social behavior and ultimately ends up in a mental hospital. After she escapes, she begins to prey on men in nightclubs, using promises of sex to lure them to places where she can destroy them. Eventually, Garnet, Abby's husband Emmett (Carter), and her brother (Stoker) must confront them demon and try to force it out of her before she perishes.

The film is absolutely based on or inspired by The Exorcist. Though there are many important differences, there are also a number of similarities that could be argued are derivative of the original work. This is presumably the basis of the Warner Brothers litigation that essentially killed the film. Regardless, this is a well made, well presented film that treats the subject matter and the actors with seriousness and respect. Despite being often classified as blaxploitation, the film lacks many of the stereotypes of the genre. Horror film fans should give it a chance.

Now for the awful DVD. Normally I don't do reviews here, but this DVD is so appalling as to almost be beyond words. The video transfer is so poor that the opening credits are almost unreadable. Not one moment of the video is clear or devoid of massive flaws. The original master, if indeed an actual film master was used, was in decrepit condition. The audio, though poor, is slightly better than the video.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTING!!! December 4, 2004
Format:DVD
Cinefear has done a horrible job with the release of this DVD. The picture and sound quailty are terrible. I paid $20.00 for this DVD and it is not even worth $5.00.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The DVD was horrible. Terrible movie transfer!
This rating is not for the movie but for the quality of the DVD sent to me. I couldn't see the picture. This was the first time I was sorry for making a purchase with Amazon.
Published 3 months ago by jowadd
3.0 out of 5 stars Abby, Abby, Abby.
Perhaps it was just me but the acting was not very convincing. Would not be in the running with "Carrie".
Published 7 months ago by W
1.0 out of 5 stars A Rip Off
copied from vhs tape onto dvd should be upfront about product
will not order again lied about quality not dvd quality
Published 8 months ago by Ervin Lamar Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality Of DVD
I expected clearer quality on the DVD, looks like it was a boot leg movies. Next time I will ask about the quality.
Published 9 months ago by Reginald
4.0 out of 5 stars old movies from back in the day
I seen this movie long time ago I gave it 4 stars cause I haven't watch it yet but I did soul searching on it to find this movie the price I paid was a little high for such an old... Read more
Published 10 months ago by black blue & pink
3.0 out of 5 stars not all bad
its an oldie,jus had to see it again after so,so many years.would not recommend,you can see the one i have which is a good copy..
Published 11 months ago by anthony alston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work by Amazon
This is a great old school movie.the ffirst time I seen this movie I was 10 years old.when VHS tapes first came out I looked for this movie I could'nt find it, 30 plus years later... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Raymond Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars African American Exocist
Abbey - The African American Exocist..... Oh well when you gone be bad...be bad....This is a fash from the past....Hiliarious!!!
Published 16 months ago by Rosemary Barr-winborn
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Waste Your Money on this Awful VHS to DVD burn!!!!!
I have wanted this film for some time and it was suppose to be in WIDE-SCREEN and REMASTERED...LIES... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MICHAEL
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!
This was ordered for a family member. It arrived quickly, and was packaged well. He is happy to have it.
Published 18 months ago by B.G.P.
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