MOVIE REVIEW: ABBY-1974
As much as I love a really good movie, I also love really bad movies too. There is a such thing as "good" bad movies. They are movies who's tastelessness knows no boundaries, the cheesiness of the film just draws you in. I would put this movie in the "So bad it's good" category.
Abby Williams(Carol Speed) is a good wife, good person and a pillar of her community and church. She and her husband Reverend Emmet Williams do double-duty as marriage counselors for the parishioners of their church. Rev. Emmet's father (Blacula's William Marshall) is a minister and an archeologist who travels to Nigeria and mistakenly releases the spirit of Nigerian love goddess Eshu. The spirit takes possession of his daughter-in-law's body. Once possessed, good girl Abby turns into a sex-crazed demon. She transforms while preparing to fry chicken (yes, it's that ridiculous). Abby scares a poor old White woman to death. Abby shows up and shows out in church during a choir session. In one hilarious scene, the seemingly "normal" Abby is giving marriage counseling to a young couple in her home when the demon takes hold of her...I damn near fell off the couch with laughter. Abby's husband and brother (Austin Stoker) decide enough is enough and put her ass into a mental hospital. Of course you can't hold a good demon down....she escapes and continues her reign of terror. Abby's father-in-law is flown in from Nigeria to perform an exorcism. The big showdown takes place in..you guessed it.....a freaking DISCO! It's the raggediest, rundown joint you'll ever see. That's all I'll share, no more spoiler's from me y'all!
The movie was snatched from the theaters due to a lawsuit by the makers of The Exorcist. They accused the makers of Abby of plagiarism. The movie was released to DVD only a couple of years ago due to the lawsuit issues. Once you've seen both movies, you'll see how ridiculous the accusations were. The only similarities are the main characters of both movies were possessed, and that is where the similarities end. Abby is an adult, Linda Blair's character was a child. Abby was HILARIOUS! The Exorcist was just scary as hell. Abby is certainly Blaxploitation at its finest. Believe it or not I first saw this movie in the theater as a little girl. It was scary as hell to me back then...that was because I didn't know any better haha. Looking at it through adult eyes changed my perspective on it. This is one utterly ridiculous movie, but funny as hell (no pun intended).
VERDICT: 2 1/2 Soul Claps
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