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Snowbeast [DVD] [1977]


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  • Actors: Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux, Clint Walker
  • Directors: Herb Wallerstein
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Exposure Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AC8396
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,280 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As preparations for the Winter Carnival at Colorado's Rill Ski Lodge begin, an unseen presence haunts the snowy slopes. When a young girl is found murdered, her friend claims that a 'beast' was responsible, but her story is disbelieved - until it becomes clear that something has come down from the mountaintops to satisfy its hideous appetite. Bo Svenson ('Magnum, P.I.') co-stars with Yvette Mimieux ('The Time Machine') and Clint Walker ('The Dirty Dozen') in Herb Wallerstein s ('The Six Million Dollar Man') entertaining TV movie which was written by Joseph Stefano (Hitchcock s 'Psycho').

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 19 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 May 2013
Format: DVD
This is the 50th anniversary of the annual winter snow carnival, a festive occasion filled with tourists eager to spend their money. The festival includes the reigning Snow Queen as well as the original Snow Queen (Sylvia Sidney). Tony (Robert Logan) manages the resort. Gold Medal Ski champion Gar Seberg (Bo Svenson) shows up looking a job in the skiing industry because former champions have a hard time getting work. He is accompanied by his wife Ellen (Yvette Mimieux) who is so good looking Tony comes on to her in front of Gar.

Meanwhile Jennifer goes missing, the victim of the Colorado Yeti. Not wanting the tourists to leave, the resort is quiet about the incident. The film drags on with little action concentrating on the relationship thing with Tony, Gar, and Ellen. You see very little of the beast, almost like a Soupy Sales "White Fang." There is some killing and blood, but most of the action takes place off camera. Long and boring, not very good camp value to boot.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Rowlandson on 9 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
What can one man alone say about this film to give it the true justice that it commands? Ever since my buddy and I were lucky enough to see it grace our screen on that fateful Sunday afternoon, we've not thought about much else. And even if our fire-place sessions of regale broach other subjects of tosh and piffle, our discussions always lead us back to the same place; our angry friend of the snow realm - picking his arse with a twig.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sisela on 5 Dec. 2010
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A beast up in the forest goes round killing people, so the people go round hunting it. A bit of a silly film. Alright, but silly. Wouldn't watch it again.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A GREAT DEAL IS LEFT TO THE IMAGINATION -- PERHAPS TOO MUCH FOR MANY VIEWERS 21 Oct. 2006
By Heather L. Parisi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
FIRST THOUGHTS: WITH GORE DOMINATING THE HORROR GENRE IT'S NICE TO SEE THE IMAGINATION CALLED UPON AGAIN

For me it is sad to see that most people found 'Snowbeast' to be boring and trivial. I say this because I have enjoyed watching this admittedly tame TV creature-feature with my daughter for the past 15 years. I introduced it to her on Video, having recalled seeing it as a TV movie when it was first released in 1977.

Yes, 'Snowbeast' promises more than it delivers, but I was able to feel OK when allowing my youngsters to watch this rather tame creature-feature which kept their interest without giving them nightmares.

IN A NUTSHELL: SNOWBEAST MAY BE A JAW'S RIP-OFF BUT JOE STEFANO IS AN EXCELLENT SCREENWRITER

One of the reasons that I wanted to see 'Snowbeast' when it was first on TV, nearly 30 years ago, was that the screenwriter, Joe Stefano, was the screenwriter for the original 'Psycho', directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and many of my favorite 'Outer Limit's' episodes. He always gives a good account of himself by forcing the viewer to use his/her imagination to enrich the experience. This works for me, but clearly the expectation of many creature-feature fans is for more explicit action and a more original plot. I do agree about the originality of the plot, but as for a more explicit tone, I think that sometimes less is better. This can of course be seen by some as promising more than is delivered. It is interesting to note that the film 'Tremors' which has been very well recieved, is even more of a rip-off of 'Jaws' than 'Snowbeast', yet it is a well-crafted film which includes quite a bit of gory horror.

-----> THE PRINCIPAL CAST MEMBERS <-----

Bo Svenson - Gar Seberg
Yvette Mimieux - Ellen Seberg
Robert Logan - Tony Rill
Clint Walker - Sheriff Paraday
Sylvia Sidney - Mrs. Carrie Rill

-----> THE PRODUCTION TEAM <-----

Herb Wallerstein - Director
Wilfred Lloyd Baumes - Producer
Joseph Stefano - Teleplay By
Frank Stanley - Cinematographer
Robert Prince - Composer (Music Score)
Dennis Mosher - Editor
Carroll Sax - Editor
Steve Sardanis - Art Director

BOTTOM LINE: LIKE AN ORIGINAL OUTER LIMITS EPISODE BY THE SAME WRITER

It is probably safe to say that if you liked original 'The Outer Limits', which had about 1/3 of its episodes written by 'Snowbeast's' screenwriter, you will like 'Snowbeast' which has always seemed to me like an 'Outer Limit's' double episode.

HERE'S ANOTHER WAY TO PURCHASE SNOWBEAST ON DVD THROUGH AMAZON:

If you want to see this film, you can get it on DVD with 2 other films, 'Creature' and 'Track Of The Moon Beast'. The exact title is 'Classic Creature Movies II (Creature / Track Of The Moon Beast / Snowbeast)' and currently it sells for $5.98 direct from Amazon or from $3.43 via numerous Amazon sellers
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"Tonight on the C.B.S. late-night movie" 2 April 2007
By John D. Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you grew up in the 70's like me you remember that phrase well. In a time before cable and V.C.R.'s, us old timers had to watch what came on and even had to go to the T.V. to change the channel(unless you could afford the high priced remote T.V.'s of the day). Every Friday night children like myself were treated to an episode of "The Night Stalker" (The best show ever to me at the age of 11) and at least one or two horror movies. "Snowbeast" was one of about five movies that showed up regularly on those long ago nights("Shock waves, "The Devil's Rain", "Race With The Devil" ,and "Terror At 37,000 Feet" rounded out the others) and at least every three to four months one would play.

The story, about a Bigfoot like snow monster was played as "Jaws" in the snow. At the age of 11 this movie was silly,but very cool and even scary at times. With fond memories I bought this one and sat down to get lost in it again one Friday night. Well I'm not 11 anymore and most of the scares are very lame now, but i still felt some magic as this piece of cheese unfolded in front of me. The actors try hard to give this "chiller"(snow, chiller get it!) some life and sometimes in spite of it's self it works.

Not for all taste to be sure, but if you are old enough to remember it, some small amount of fun can be had watching it, I recommend a snowy Friday night at about 12:00 o'clock
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not bad at all! 7 Aug. 2005
By Vincent Kersey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I don't get all of the negative reviews. This is a good horror movie. The acting is really good, the snowbeast scared the crap out of me, and the whole movie is just done well. No, this is not as good as Hammer Film's The Abominable Snowman, but it still is a good Yeti flick. Check it out, if you like Yeti movies, I think you will like this.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
" ... The Crown! The Crown!" 23 April 2008
By JEWn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A true classic of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti genre, and held in high esteem by genre aficionados, Snowbeast stands head and shoulders above the pack. A wholly effective 1977 made for television offering, well scripted, acted, directed, et al.; Snowbeast harkens back to a time in which Bigfoot films were actually dignified efforts in film-making.

While most of the scares are conceptual (an approach sadly discarded to the detriment of newer offerings, such as the terrible Yeti: Maneater Series, and the completely atrocious Snow Beast (2011)), and it's not entirely original in scope (It is in fact a near exact re-telling of Jaws (Widescreen Anniversary Collector's Edition) (1975), which makes for simple and effective storytelling, and is especially satisfying if, like myself, you'd have preferred if Jaws were a pernicious Yeti), the film is nevertheless a substantial and well balanced effort; expertly scripted by Joseph Stefano, whose screenwriting credits include no less than Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1960), and deftly directed by veteran television director Herb Wallerstein, whose vast resume includes directing episodes of Star Trek (the original series), The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, and Gunsmoke, amongst others. The acting as well is beyond reproach, which places Snowbeast at the top of the genre canon. Robert Logan, as Tony Rill, a veritable Hammer of Yeti's, is sublime. His cool demeanor, fitted ski suit, and Ted Bundy hairdo, bespeaking his proactive, "it must be destroyed," aggressive anti-Yeti campaigning. And Bo Svenson, excellent as Gar, the has-been ski champion-cum-pacifist turned conscientious Yeti slayer, has some classic cuckold moments as Tony casually seduces his very sexy and equally disillusioned wife Ellen (the petite, and yet fantastically busty, Yvette Mimieux).

A quick aside: In regard to the creature itself, though I refer to it as a Yeti per it's being white furred, and while it is never positively identified in the film, but rather implied as being a malevolent "Bigfoot" that has wandered out of the wilderness and into the resort area, the creature is in fact more closely akin to that described by the "... weather beaten old mountain hunter, named Bauman." A creature which stalked him, and murdered his trapping partner, in the lonely mountain pass with the evil reputation. "... Something either half human or half devil, some great goblin-beast." As told first-hand to then president Theodore Roosevelt, and recounted in his 1892 classic, The Wilderness Hunter.

<Spoiler Alert> The only real problem I have with the film, while minor in the extreme, is what I like to call the Snowbeast "Magic Logs" theory. This is in reference to the creature's attack on a motor home, wherein it rolls a huge pile of logs down an embankment crashing broadside into said motor home, knocking it over, but these "Magic Logs" (in full defiance of the laws of physics, and more so, film continuity) inexplicably manage to end up INSIDE the motor home, thereby trapping Sheriff Paraday (the uber-manly, Clint Walker), and literally securing his demise.

All said: If you are a fan of any of the classic, non-CGI, Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti genre films, then Snowbeast (1977), a true masterpiece of the genre will most assuredly take it's place as a cherished part of your collection.

"... The Crown! The Crown!"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Jaws" rip-off Bigfoot flick (made for tv) 11 Dec. 2008
By Wuchak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"Snowbeast" is a 1977 TV movie filmed a year after the popular "Jaws."

It's got quite a few positives: Gorgeous alpine locations -- filmed at Crested Butte Mtn Ski Resort, Colorado; a very likable 70s cast, including Robert Logan, Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux and Clint Walker; and a decent-looking malevolent Sasquatch for a TV film of that era, although you barely get to see him.

Unfortunately the film lacks originality as the plot rips off "Jaws" verbatim. The only difference is that it takes place at a ski resort rather than a beach and the monster is a sasquatch rather than a shark. Like "Jaws" there's a scene where a bear is hunted and killed, making the skiers think the slopes are safe again, but the main characters know it's not the culprit; one of them even states that the dead bear's stomach should be opened up to see if human remains can be found. I hope Peter Benchley got royalties! Despite the similarities, "Snowbeast" lacks the suspense and pizzazz of "Jaws;" in fact, it's kinda boring, but well worthwhile if you're in an alpine mood and/or if you're a fan of the four stars. After all, any film with Clint Walker can't be all bad; plus Yvette looks real cute in a tight ski outfit.

The film runs 97 minutes.

FINAL SAY: I've seen "Snowbeast" three times now and always enjoy it despite its lack of originality and slightly lethargic spirit. It's a must for devotees of the Bigfoot mythos, as well as fans of the cast and those wanting to see great alpine locations. Just keep in mind it's a 70's TV movie.

GRADE: C+
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