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      The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas

      1957 1h 25m Horror List
      Reviews 53% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings British scientist John Rollason (Peter Cushing) is studying plants in the Himalayas with his wife (Maureen Connell) while he waits for his American associate, Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker). When Friend arrives, Rollason accompanies him on a trip to find the mysterious creature Yeti, along with Friend's partner (Robert Brown) and a guide (Michael Brill) who claims he can find the beast. The group proceeds despite warnings. However, the trip quickly becomes more dangerous than they had anticipated. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews I thought the adventure film was only passable when it should have been more exciting. Rated: B- Jan 5, 2009 Full Review Mark R. Leeper rec.arts.movies.reviews Rated: 3/5 Nov 4, 2004 Full Review Scott Renshaw Apollo Guide Rated: 59/100 Dec 9, 2003 Full Review Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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      NiB Y A underrated gem in storytelling and slowburn. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/24/24 Full Review Andy F More of a mountaineering adventure than anything else,it's strength is in its subtlety. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/24 Full Review Matthew B There are some movie monsters for which we cannot help having a soft spot. This is especially true of creatures that are considered ape-like, or more importantly human-like. Movies about Yeti or Bigfoot are usually sympathetic towards these shy beasts that may or may not exist. Occasionally they feature as ravenous killers, but usually they are gentle and lovable. The Abominable Snowman takes this further, and elevates the yeti into something higher still – a parallel evolutionary development with mankind and apes, that is more advanced than the apes, and perhaps superior to us too. These yetis may have supernatural powers, but they certainly seem to possess a wisdom and intelligence beyond ours. In that case the title of the film is a misnomer, unless we assume that the truly abominable snowmen are the humans who come to disturb the territory of the yeti, and pay the price. The humans are a mission who set out to find the yeti. They are headed by the ironically named Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) who wishes to capture a yeti and sell it for money. Accompanying the mission is Dr John Rollason (Peter Cushing), an intelligent and humane scientist who deplores Friend's motives. They soon discover the yeti to be more intelligent and advanced than they imagine, but what will happen when humans and yeti meet? The Abominable Snowman is not great cinematic art, but it is still a sadly under-rated film. The acting is decent, and the script contains more intelligent ideas than most of the science-fiction movies of the 1950s. It is a film that deserves to be remembered more than it is. For a fuller review (with spoilers) you might like to read my blog about The Abominable Snowman (https://themoviescreenscene.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/the-abominable-snowman-1957/). Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/31/23 Full Review Audience Member 4/5 This was impressively suspenseful. What kept it so engaging was superb photography - perfectly integrated shots of outdoor mountain ranges with sets covered with very realistic snow. Or maybe it was all outdoors, I dunno. And the monastery was a great set, with a creepy sense of menace. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review philip h So as the title of this movie suggests, this is all about the mysterious age-old legend that is the Yeti. A fabled creature that dwells within the snowy Himalayas. And again as you may well have guessed already, this movie is all about trying to capture said creature (think [i]King Kong[/i]). Hey, its a 50's flick people. Dr. Rollason (Peter Cushing) and his wife Helen (Maureen Connell) are on a botanical expedition in the Himalayas and are staying within a monastery. Everything is going swimmingly until a second US expedition arrives lead by Dr. Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) who are wanting to hunt down the Yeti. At first Rollason isn't convinced about going off in search of the mythical beast, but eventually he succumbs to his scientific curiosity and agrees to accompany them. Rollason thinks this is an expedition to learn and study, he is unaware that Friend wants to capture the creature for fame fortune and American way dagnabbit! As you can imagine things don't go as planned, team members start getting killed and Rollason learns Friend's true goal. So again, as you can imagine, there is a lot of dialog in this film. This film takes its time getting going with a long slow laborious build up. The monastery we find our protagonists in is of course a mixture of sets, matte paintings, and some locale work. Of course its all gonna be rather charming by today's standards but overall it's actually pretty top stuff all things considered. The sets are really quite good and atmospheric. Sure you can tell its all a set but it still looks really well detailed from the basic structure of the monastery to the intricate internal decorations and various traditional carvings. The external distance matte painting was glorious, a lovely cliff edge setting highlighted by the black and white film (always helps these old films). These sets were later utilised for a few [i]Fu Manchu[/i] films throughout the 60's which is no surprise considering how well designed and built they were. Apparently production designer Bernard Robinson, art director Ted Marshall, and draughtsman Don Mingaye studied and researched numerous books to get the look just right. I find that so darn adorable. I was quite surprised to actually see a lot of very good location work here too. I knew there would be some of course but I really just expected the bare minimum and a load of stock footage. But no director Val Guest actually did some shooting in the French Pyrenees with a team of professional climbers and a helicopter for the panoramic shots. They even used a cable car for some shots whilst going up and down the mountainous region (Pic du Midi Bigorre). Overall they did a great job with the actors all dressed correctly matching the stunt doubles footage; and the actual real climbing footage looks perfectly believable (well snowy mountains are snowy mountains). Obviously when we see the actors they are on somewhat obvious sets with somewhat obvious snow. These tend to range from not too bad looking to really quite obvious looking. Its here when the quality of the acting is really put to the test (as with all these old flicks). Can the actors make the hokey sets come alive? Can they make them come across as believable? For the most part that's a no in all honesty, but that's all part of the charm with these movies. The basic story is of course rather bland and predictable. Cushing is his usual well-spoken, gentlemanly self and never puts a foot wrong. The man is always totally engaging but if I dare to make one negative point, he (generally) always looks and sounds the same. This could be any one of his many horror/thriller characters because he generally plays the same type of chap (wonderfully of course). The rest of the team are kinda your stereotypical Yanks to be honest. They are played as somewhat aggressive, eager to set traps and use guns, no real interest in learning from this marvel of nature. As I've already mentioned it's your typical giant gorilla scenario really, the gun-toting Yanks just wanna make big money and are completely blasè over little things like safety. One good choice by Guest was to keep the Yeti hidden from view for almost the entire film. We only get to see little snippets of the animal, the odd hand, leg, arm, footprint etc...They don't reveal anything right up until the finale when we see a couple large lumbering humanoid creatures hidden by shadows. Then just when you think we won't see anything at all, we get a closeup of one Yeti's eyes and surrounding fur. I think this was perfect because chances are the entire Yeti suit may have looked crap, plus it leaves more to the imagination. I should point out that the bit of face we do see is actually pretty good, some very good prosthetic work (for the time). All in all I was relatively engaged here, but I have to admit it was a tad slow. It is entirely predictable in every way and it's not really very creepy or eerie (probably because everything was light and white). I also didn't really like the last part of the story surrounding Rollason, bit silly. Its certainly a well made production with quality acting and direction all round, just not overly exciting truth be told. Still worth a watch if you like Hammer productions. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Hammer horror film starts off intelligently then digresses into endless shots of men hiking in the snow before actually showing one of the title creatures. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis British scientist John Rollason (Peter Cushing) is studying plants in the Himalayas with his wife (Maureen Connell) while he waits for his American associate, Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker). When Friend arrives, Rollason accompanies him on a trip to find the mysterious creature Yeti, along with Friend's partner (Robert Brown) and a guide (Michael Brill) who claims he can find the beast. The group proceeds despite warnings. However, the trip quickly becomes more dangerous than they had anticipated.
      Director
      Val Guest
      Producer
      Aubrey Baring
      Screenwriter
      Nigel Kneale
      Production Co
      Hammer Films
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Runtime
      1h 25m