The Winter Carnival at Grill Lodge ski resort is about to start when a young skier goes missing. Her companion swears that she saw a creature in the trees. Tony Rill(Robert Logan) leads a team to try to find the missing woman, instead finds a bloodstained jacket, and then sees the creature for himself. He's eager to tell the police, but his mother Carrie(Sylvia Sydney), who also happens to be the Carnival organiser thinks that a panic will effect business. The local Sherriff Doug Parraday finds the womans body, hideously mutilated, but agrees that it should be kept quiet, the official statement being wild Grizzly on the loose. Also into the mix come jaded ex-champion skier Gar Seberg(Bo Svenson) and his unhappy journalist wife Ellen(Yvette Mimieux). As the crowds gather for the Carnival opening, will the beast strike again?.
There are several effective moments in the film. The attack by the beast on the concert hall is well handled, as is the climatic hunt for the beast. The discovery of the monsters larder, a log cabin in the woods is also well done. Unfortunately, the viewer also gets a tedious sub plot involving a love triangle between the characters of Gar, Ellen and Tony, that takes up a lot of screen time, then goes nowhere with it, and theres also an annoying gimmick, that every time Bigfoot claims another victim, the screen turns red, blood red. Still, I found the film very enjoyable, maybe some of the enjoyment coming from nostalgic memories of seeing the film at an impressionable age on prime time telly in the 70's.
The picture quality is reasonable, no extras on the DVD. 4 out of 5 for the film, 3 out of 5 for the release