Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Carol Speed, William Marshall, Terry Carter, Austin Stoker, Juanita Moore
Director: William Girdler
Finally... the highly sought after "Black Exorcist" thriller "ABBY" comes to DVD in an All New Digital Transfer from Film. "ABBY" features superior acting by William Marshall and Carol Speed, putting it notches above most... more »
Stay away from Cinefear's pirate ripoff!
Mr Vess | Cracow | 08/01/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"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 - http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=8516 - 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.
Abby,an Exorcist ripoff that is blaxploitation at its finest
Book Buddy | Rockville Centre, NY USA | 12/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD had me hysterical from beginning to end. The movie "Abby" is about an African-American woman who ends up being possessed by a demon of sexuality called Eshu and goes from being a sweet docile little minister's wife to a sexually charged, no nonsense, lusty, impish, take control type of woman who acts on her every desire. I think that her character improves tremendously once the possession takes over! She goes from meek and unhappy to someone who knows how to have some fun.Watching Abby transform is hysterical. Some must see scenes include the fried chicken scene, the church choir scene, and the car scene where she gets a little "rough" with her prospective lover. This movie is one hundred times funnier than the so called comedies that are out nowadays.Carol Speed, the actress who plays "Abby", probably gave the acting performance of her life in this film. The late, great William Marshall who acted in such blaxploitation classics as "Blacula," gives a commanding performance as Abby's father-in-law who combats the demon to save Abby's soul.This DVD version released by Cinefear has many fun extras, including the original trailer, a radio spot advertising the film, and tons of lobby cards, rare production stills, and a poster gallery. There is also an extensive history of "Abby."I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who has any interest in horror, blaxploitation, or just wants to be highly entertained for 90 minutes. Watch this movie and see why movies made in the early 1970's are the best."
Abby - Blaxploitation classic !
Paul Wallace | Dublin, Ireland | 01/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having got Abby off e-bay on video I knew the DVD version would not let me down. Amazon didn't stock the film but I to went CINEFEAR.COM and picked it up for 20 Dollars (£17.00 inc p+p)
This is Carol Speed's best performance out of all the Blaxploitation movies she did during the 70's even better than the other classic "The Mack". As well as being a funny movie (Abby kicking her husband right in the breadbasket during one scene!!) there are actually some scary moments such as the scene where Abby is helping prepare food with other women and the evil force within her take's over and she start's to cut her arm with a rather large blade while licking her lips demon like !!!
I also love love William Marshall's performance in this movie, he was born to play the part of trying to free Abby of this demon within her. If you like William Marshall check out the great and also funny "Blacula" movies.
So in a nutshell I can't promote this film enough, just buy it for the fact its a great film and its very rare."
Blaxploitation the way it was meant to be!!!!
Darren Wychoski | Waynesville, OH USA | 12/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Abby is a one of a kind gem - a horror baxploitation version of THE EXORCIST that must be seen to be believed in all its campy glory! Starring William Marshall, who you may remember as Blacula, and 70s cutie Carol Speed, this is not a DVD to be missed! but not sure why the Amazon listing above says '2000' - the movie was released in 1974!The Cinefear SPECIAL EDITION was worth every penny, and features plenty of extras to keep the fans at bay. I really enjoyed this disc overall and will watch it more than once. I beleive all horror, blaxploitation and cult/ bad movie fans should have a copy of this in their collection. The SE version features the theatrical trailer, behind the scenes photos, a radio ad (read by 70s cult actor Adolph Caesar!!!), poster repros, lobby cards - plus more... and even an Easter Egg!! Glad to see this classic flick making its way on DVD!Get your demoic groove on with this groovy ghoulie! A+++++