Abby (1974) – US one sheet poster

ABBY …THE STORY OF A WOMAN POSSESSED!

SAMUEL Z. ARKOFF presents a MID-AMERICA PICTURE Rating: “R”
Running Time: 91 min. Aspect Ratio: I 85.1 Sound by RYDER SOUND SERVICE Color by MOVIELAB

SYNOPSIS

Eminent churchman and archaeologist Bishop Garnet Williams (WILLIAM MARSHALL) is on expedition in Nigeria, assisted by a young Nigerian minister Tafa Hassan (NATHAN COOK), trying to determine if the belief in Christian and African deities had their beginnings in the same antiquity. Their search and excavations lead them to a net­work of caves in one of which they find a small box, sealed with a phallic symbol. The opened box dis­closes a small mound of gray dust which suddenly forms itself into a whirlwind, tossing its discoverers about like chips, killing a couple of them.

Meanwhile, in Louisville, Ky., the young Rev. Emmett Williams (TERRY CARTER), is happily moving into the parsonage of his newly appointed parish assisted by his beautiful, young wife Abby (CAROL SPEED), and her mother Miranda Potter (JUANITA MOORE). Helping with the furniture-moving chores is one of the church deacons Russell Lang (ELLIOTT MOFFIT) and, later, Cass Potter (AUSTIN STOKER), Abby’s brother, a member of the local police force, is drafted to help when he drops by.

Later that evening, tired but happy, sleeping peacefully at Abby’s side, Emmett is awakened as a cold wind sweeps through the room, doors bang, and the house shakes as if caught in an earthquake. Frantically waking Abby — who seems to be sleep­ing soundly through the commotion — he trys to explain what is happening but his drowsy wife thinks that he has awakened her with amourous intent and calms him with her womanly wiles.

The next morning Abby is in the shower sensu­ally enjoying the needle sting of the water and the sensuous, almost sexual feeling she is experiencing as she strokes her svelte body with the warm lather. Her feeling of sexuality increases to an almost unbearable pitch; an eerie, menacing shadow is seen to blend into her body and the shower water reaches steaming intensity — Abby is possessed!

From then on Abby, with increasing frequency, changes from the sweet, loving person her husband and family knows and loves into a screaming slaver­ing creature who completely disrupts her husband’s ministerial activities.

When in trancelike fascination she slices into her own arm while preparing chicken for a church supper, Abby is hospitalized and, while home re­cuperating from her self-inflected wound, she causes the death of Mrs. Wiggins (NANCY LEE OWENS) the church organist who had come to visit her.

In desperation, Emmett contacts his father in Nigeria, hoping for help in his dilemma. While Bish­op Williams is rushing to the rescue of his belea­guered son, Abby, who has been placed in the hos­pital again for tests to determine her trouble, runs amok, leaving the hospital in a shambles. Both Emmett and his father are surprised when she greets them at the manse upon their arrival. An altercation ensues when her amourous advances to the Bishop are repulsed and with her demoniac power, she leaves both men helpless on the floor and flees for a night on the town.

Emmett, in desperation, takes off in hot pursuit commandering a car from a startled citizen for the purpose. Subsequent events bring Cass to the house and he joins in the search for his errant sister. The Bishop then makes preparations to combat the demon which by now he is sure he loosed during his excavations and whom he feels has taken possession of his daughter-in-law’s body as a means of revenge. Upon receiving a call from Cass that he has located Abby in one of the local pubs, the Bishop Williams sets out on his grim mission to conquer the uncon­querable, the unknown, the demon god.

CREDITS

Producers WILLIAM GIRDLER, MIKE HENRY and GORDON C. LAYNE
Director WILLIAM GIRDLER
Screenplay G. CORNELL LAYNE
Story by WILLIAM GIRDLER and G. CORNELL LAYNE
Director of Photography WILLIAM ASMAN
Edited by CORKY EHLERS and HENRY ASMAN
Camera Operator JOHN LeBLANC
Assistant Director HUGH SMITH
Sound JOHN ASMAN and CHUCK HALLAU
Wardrobe DIANE LANDERS and ROSALYN SMITH
Make-Up JOE McKENNY
Special Effects GENE GRIGGS
Production Designer J. PATRICK KELLY, Ill
Post Production Supervisor SALVATORE BILLITTERI
Music Composed and Conducted by ROBERT O. RAGLAND
Sound Effects EDIT INTERNATIONAL LTD.
Location Equipment CECOMOBILE
Publicity J. K. McKinney

CAST

Garnet Williams WILLIAM MARSHALL
Abby Williams CAROL SPEED
Emmett Williams TERRY CARTER
Cass Potter AUSTIN STOKER
Momma Potter JUANITA MOORE
Doctor Hennings CHARLES KISSINGER
Russell ELLIOTT MOFFITT
Tafa Hassan NATHAN COOK
Voice of the Demon BOB HOLT

Song: “My Soul is a Witness’
Written and Performed by CAROL SPEED

AN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL RELEASE


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