The Abominable Snowman

1957

Action / Adventure / Horror

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 51%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 2924

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Reviewed by Spikeopath 8 / 10

The Abominable Snowman (1957)

Tom Friend is about to embark on a life changing expedition, his aim? To find the fabled creature known as the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. Joining him on the trip is botanist John Rollason, whose scientific interest is totally at odds with Friend and his trapper companion, Ed Shelley. As the expedition moves deeper into the Himalayas, bad luck and differences of opinions dog the party, and as the confrontations draw closer it becomes apparent that the Yeti is not a dumb animal to be killed or captured.

Adapted by Nigel Kneale from his own BBC play, The Creature, The Abominable Snowman is one of the finest early offerings from Hammer Studios. The long running {to this day} stories of a giant beast living up in the Himalayas is of course interesting stuff, much like Nesse up in her Loch, it seems their worth will never ever fade. Thankfully there is a ream of intelligence in this picture, forgoing out and out shocks in the name of horror, director Val Guest has treated Kneale's story with the utmost respect. This is more of a character story as regards men with different ideals on a supposed legend, we barely see the creature until the wonderful last quarter, we don't need to because there are other creatures on this expedition, it's very adroit and accomplished in its telling.

The cast do not let the material down, Hammer stalwart Peter Cushing takes the role of Rollason, Forrest Tucker {Sands Of Iwo Jima} is Friend, Robert Brown {The Masque of the Red Death} is Shelley and Maureen Connell is wonderful down in the village as Rollason's fraught wife, Helen. Now in this day and age we can get good digital transfers of old black and white classics, and here the Regalscope Widescreen brilliantly captures the snowy landscapes, firmly enhanced by Arthur Grant's gorgeous monochrome photography. So what you waiting for? The technical side is great, the story is of course excellent, all that remains to say is that the ending is perfect and seals the deal.

A British treasure. 8/10

Reviewed by Brandt Sponseller 9 / 10

Thrilling combination of adventure and horror with a message

Dr. John Rollason (Peter Cushing), his wife, Helen (Maureen Connell), and a colleague, Peter Fox (Richard Wattis), have traveled to a remote location in the Himalayas, ostensibly to study rare plant specimens. However, Helen and Peter soon learn that John had an ulterior motive, when he reveals that a ragtag group of explorers, headed by Dr. Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) are on their way to meet up with John. They plan to lead a small expedition further into the mountains, in search for the infamous abominable snowman, or Yeti.

The Abominable Snowman is a marvelous combination of adventure, horror, and a film with a broader message. The beginning may seem a bit slow to younger viewers, but it is crucial to the plot, and Peter Cushing, as always, turns in a tremendous performance. The monastery setting seems authentic, as do the climbing shots that follow, even though most of the film was shot in Hammer's UK studios and the mountains are actually the Pyrenees in France.

It doesn't take long for director Val Guest to build tension, first dramatically with the ulterior motive revelation and the conflict is causes between John and his wife, then during the Friend expedition's climb, and most importantly, when our crew nears the Yeti. Because the creature effects, especially in the 1950s, can't rival the viewer's imagination, Guest wisely keeps the creatures off-screen for the bulk of the film, and when we see more, it's in heavy shadows. This makes the Yeti material extremely effective.

The message at the end is sincere and poignant, as it also would have been at the time of the film's release, when anthropological exploration of seemingly alien cultures was still regular, captivating news.

Overall a 9 out of 10 for me, and very close to being a 10.

Reviewed by Greg 7 / 10

Interesting take on what could have been a lousy movie

I just saw "The Abominable Snowman" today and was pleasantly surprised by the film. When I read the preview for it on the TV it was under the Horror category, and knowing it was made in 1957, I wasn't sure I wanted to see it in fear that it would be too out-dated to be enjoyable. But what the movie did was, at a relatively quick pace, told a story of 5 men who travel into the Himmalayin mountains in search of a Yeti. As our travelers progress, we find out that not everyone has the same intentions for this creature. One thing I liked about this movie is how they don't show the creature fully, allowing people to enjoy the movie years later without ever having to worry about why the Yeti looks so stupid and fake.

*Possible Spoilers* In my opinion, one of the best things about the movie was how the entire plot set up the Yeti to be a fierce and man-eating creature. But the doctor realizes that the creature may not be this terrible monster but instead, a species that is saddened and hidden away in the cold mountains, away from humans. The final encounter with the creature proves this, when we see that their face doesn't resemble a monster but much more human-like.

Overall, I give this movie a 7.5/10 and I recommend it because it makes you think at the end, something most horror movies truly don't.

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