This African-American retelling of The Exorcist stars Carol Speed as the title character, Abby Williams – the chaste and devout marriage counsellor wife of a young reverend (Terry Carter) who is possessed by Eshu, a Nigerian sex god.
The story treads a familiar path – Transforming into a sex-starved ghoul with a hyena’s chortle, Abby swears like a trucker and tries to shag anything that moves – with the odd blaxploitation twist of course.
Father-in-law Archaeologist/Bishop Garnet Williams (William Marshall from Blacula) races home to Kentucky from Africa to perform the exorcism – which seems only fair since it was his excavations in Africa which released the evil spirit.
Meanwhile, Abby’s baffled detective brother Cass Potter (Austin Stoker) is at a loss to determine what strange influence has a hold on his ordinarily mild-mannered sister.
The makeup effects (pictured at left) are so primitive they’re practically neanderthal.
Poor Carol Speed ends up wearing prosthetics that make her look like a cross between a cavewoman and the Incredible Hulk.
Abby strayed so close to The Exorcist that Warner Brothers issued a copyright violation lawsuit against American International Pictures and Abby was pulled from cinemas in the summer of 1975.
Not that AIP were particularly bothered. Abby had grossed $4 million in its first month alone before taking an early bath.
The film – shot entirely on location in Louisville, Kentucky – was very nearly titled The Blaxorcist!
Bishop Garnet Williams
Reverend Emmett Williams
Detective Cass Potter
Miranda ‘Momma’ Potter
Nancy Lee Owens