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The Abominable Snowman
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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted May 24, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN Synopsis:

Somewhere in the hidden reaches of the Himalayas an evolutionary throwback lives out a solitary existence. Known only as Sasquatch or Bigfoot in the mountains of California, its name here is Yeti or, the abominable snowman! Botanist Dr. John Rollason (Peter Cushing) decides to join the exploration team of crass American showman, Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) on a dangerous expedition into the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti. Soon after setting up camp, the group is attacked by a large beast that, they later kill & store in a cave to attract a live specimen for the journey home. Before long, the strain of the expedition is felt and the party begins to lose control. To his growing terror, Dr. Rollason suspects that this race of giant Monsters not only exists but, may be able to invade & corrupt the minds of men! Egad! There is great terror awaiting you in this tale of the abominable snowman! Beware…Beware!!!

Audio:

The audio as presented is a Dolby digital Mono platform. Given the scarcity of any real surround effects, the audio as it is is more than satisfactory. The dialogue was clear & unencumbered by the normal hi hissing that accompanies a great many titles from this time period.

Video:

This is a beautifully rendered; animorphically enhanced B&W film that really looks good for it's age. There are some nicks & flecks but overall, it's a pretty great picture! The menus are film oriented & have the score of the film playing over them. Additionally, when a selection is made, an avalanche of snow punctuates your choice.

Extras:

The extras included on this disc are the film's trailer & a segment called "The World of Hammer", spotlight on Peter Cushing. The spotlight is about 30 minutes in length & really nicely showcases Cushing's Hammer career! It's full of clips for most of his Hammer work & in & of itself is a great segment to have on one of the greatest horror actors ever!

Overall:

Hammer/Seven Arts pictures created some of the most frightening & good horror films of the last century. In addition to that triumph, this house of horror gave birth to two of the screens most loved Horror actors, Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing! While they made awesomely good films, this does not fall into that category! Slow paced & dialogue heavy, this movie lacks all of the classic elements that hammer is so well known for. The Yeti was really never seen & when he's "seen" at the very end of the movie, he looks more like a man in very bad makeup & wigs! Peter Cushing is his usual great self however; Forrest Tucker should have just stayed on F-Troop. For a slow Sunday afternoon you might put this in just to fall asleep by. Rental property only!

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