An intriguing blend of 70's "blaxploitation" and Exorcist clone, William Girdler's Abby is an effective and chilling film that incorporates elements of ancient African spiritualism into the conventions of the demon-possession genre. The story begins in Nigeria, where Professor Williams (Blacula's William Marshall) discovers a suggestive-looking fetish artifact in a cave once used by members of the sinister cult of "Eshu." When the relic is opened, it releases a foul-tempered Eshu demon which quickly kills several people and pursues Williams all the way back to America, where it soon enters the home of the professor's son Reverend Emmett (Terry Carter) and takes possession of the Reverend's proper and lovely wife Abby (Carol Speed).
Magdalena (Dagmar Hedrich) is an orphan at a girls' school who gets possessed by demonic forces. She goes into convulsions, curses a great deal, and makes furniture fly around the room before being hypnotized and exorcised. Werner Bruhns, Gunter Clemens, and Rudolf Schundler are among the solid cast, and former model Hedrich is quite good, despite being forced to act much of the film naked and vomit snakes.
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