With Terry Carter, Austin Stoker, Carol Speed, William Marshall, Juanita Moore
Abby is a 1974 American blaxploitation horror film about a woman who is possessed by an African sex spirit. The film stars Carol Speed as the title character, William H. Marshall; best known for portraying the lead role in Blacula, Terry Carter. It was directed by William Girdler, who co-wrote the film's story with screenwriter Gordon Cornell Layne.
The film was a financial success, grossing 4 million in a month, but was pulled from theaters after the film's distributor, American International Pictures, was accused of copyright violation by Warner Bros., which saw the film as being derivative of The Exorcist and filed a lawsuit against AIP. Girdler himself told the Louisville Courier Journal: "Sure, we made Abby to come in on the shirttail of The Exorcist." The film is also inspired by 1968's Rosemary's Baby.
The film was considered dead until 2004, when a 16mm low quality copy of Abby was released in DVD. Despite mixed reviews initially, the film has a cult following and is considered by many a classic blaxpoitation film.