BLACK GOLD is back at it again! Celebrating the best of black cinema and its heroes from then ’til now, Black Gold is excited to present our October screening, 1974’s blaxploitation horror classic ABBY!
“Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.” – Shadow And Act
“…it’s far from being one of the greatest black films ever made, but it’s sure as hell one of the most fun to watch!” – Indiewire
Written and directed by William Girdler (Sheba, Baby; The Manitou; Grizzly), ABBY was Girdler’s breakthrough film, raking in $4 million dollars at the box office before being pulled from theatres by the film’s distributor, American International Pictures, after accusations of copyright violation by Warner Bros. Long considered the black clone of The Exorcist, ABBY – alongsisde myriad other demonic posession exploitation flicks released at the time – undoubtedly capitalized on the coattails of the Exorcist’s success, while at the same time upgrading its use of standard demonic plot fare through the import of Yoruba culture with a schlocky, campy, and veritably exploitative twist.
An absolute cult classic starring Carol Speed and Blacula’s William H. Marshall, ABBY follows the steady progression of a woman possessed by a West African sex spirit. Or, as the film’s original theatrical poster proclaims, “Abby doesn’t need a man anymore. The Devil is her lover now!” As Abby falls deeper into the clutches of the demon spirit, her actions stand in stark contrast to her former role as a good, dutiful Christian housewife, leading us to ask: is ABBY “just” the black version of The Exorcist, or is the film a nuanced parable about a woman who comes to passionately embrace an explicitly secular black feminism? Think about it #WokeAbby
7:30 PM: PRE-SHOW
8:00 PM: FILM STARTS
There will be prizes! A pre-show lobby pop-up from Eyesore Cinema who will be on hand with some great blaxploitation flicks for purchase!
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RSVP FOR ACCESSIBLE SEATING:
We have 5 accessible sections in our theatre which you can reserve ahead of time by calling 416-466-4400 ext 0. One of our accessible seating areas has space for two mobility devices and a small section behind for the party to join. The other three are for single mobile devices with 2-3 seats beside it.
Please note that we do not have accessible washrooms. All of our washrooms are upstairs.
Black Gold wishes to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and, most recently, of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and present in this territory.
Friday, Oct 27 - 8:00pm