The Abominable Snowman

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At a remote lhamasery in the Himalayas, scientist John Rollason studies rare mountain herbs with the help of his wife Helen, and associate Peter, while awaiting the arrival of an American named Tom Friend. Over Helen’s objections and warnings by the High Lhama, he sets out with Friend on an expedition to find the elusive Yeti, accompanied by another American named Shelley and a young Scotsman, McNee, who claims to have seen the thing. Footprints are found in the snows and McNee seems queerly affected the closer they get to their quarry’s likely habitat but the biggest shock to Rollason is discovering Friend is a showman who only intends to exploit their find, with Shelley his gamehunter-marksman. The conflict between science and commercialism only increases when an enormous anthropoid is shot, and the horror only increases as the party realizes the other Yeti intend to retrieve their fallen comrade and have powers to do so which seem extra-human…

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    This was a great Hammer Productions take on the legend of the yeti, with a great performance by Peter Cushing, as well as a number of entertaining performances by the rest of the cast. It is filmed in black and white, which adds to the spooky atmosphere and the starkness of the Himalayan wilderness.

    It is a relatively simple story about a team of scientists who travel into the Himalayas in search of the legendary abominable snowman, and, of course, they find it. Suspense builds up through the whole film as the scientists scale snow capped mountains to follow strange tracks and mysterious sounds, without seeing the actual yeti at all until the very end of the film.

    The film drags a little at parts, but it keeps you interested because of the dynamic between the characters and the mysterious circumstances of their expedition. Not to mention the unrelenting desire to see the monster, whose presence is always palpable but always remains just out of sight to tease the audience.

    It’s an entertaining story with some great imagery, and reminds me vaguely of ‘The Creature From the Black Lagoon’ set in the Himalayas, only with a better story and cast. It’s scary, enticing, exciting, and hints at some very important themes concerning man and his place in nature.