- Actors: Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis, Robert Brown
- Directors: Val Guest
- Writers: Val Guest, Nigel Kneale
- Producers: Anthony Nelson Keys, Aubrey Baring, Michael Carreras
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Dd Video
- VHS Release Date: 5 May 2003
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00008WQ6G
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,058 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Abominable Snowman [VHS] 
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Gun-runner Tom Friend embarks on an expedition in search of the fabled creature known as the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. He is joined by botanist John Rollason, whose scientific curiosity is at odds with Rollason's aim to capture and commercially exploit one of the creatures.
Top Customer Reviews
The picture quality is stunning for such an old film. And to know that many of the outdoor and indoor Himalayan sets were put together in England is astounding. The sound is crips and clean. And the picture is animorphic Widescreen for those lucky enough to have a Widescreen TV.
If you don't know the story, briefly, Dr. John Rollason (Cushing) is a gentle, humane scientist working in the Himalayas with his wife and friend/co-worker, supposedly catalouging rare plantlife in a hostile region. We discover shortly that American explorer and exploiter, Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) and his partner (Played by Robert Brown) are hooking up with Rollason for an expedition to find the one, true Yeti. Both men are driven, one by the purity of science and humanity, the other by his greed and hunger for fame. They are pushed to the limits in an hostile world that can kill at anytime. And when they come face-to-face with the Yeti, the clash of personalities no longer matters, because each man must now face his own fears alone with the only true weapons that will work; their strengths, and their weaknesses.
This was a pretty giant production for Hammer. And they handled it wonderfully, giving us B-Horror hungry fans something a giant step above flesh-eating monsters and alien invaders; they gave us an intellegent, thinking-man's adventure story.
A convincing cast led by Peter Cushing, with Forrest Tucker to add appeal for the American market.
This is a very intelligent look at the Abominable Snowman legend. There was quite a buzz in the early 50's about conquering Everest, and seeing unidentified footprints high in the snowfields.
Here is where Hammer caught the public's imagination, with this low budget effort. But please don't be put off by the low budget bit, if anything it made the production more efficient at telling a good story, without the need to substitute the story for eye-candy effects.
I hope you take a look at this almost forgotten gem from the Hammer vaults.
An excellent anamorphic transfer, beautifully shot in B&W. Also included is a superb retrospective documentary with the legend Val Guest. All go to make this a worthy addition to any classic horror collection.
I feel very satisfied at this DVD release of a classic Nigel Kneale story. Take note Icon - this is how they all should be done.
And how good this movie is! Like Quatermass 2 it stands as a classic, with an environmental theme which has never been more accute than now, so needless to say that the pictture has not aged a bit. Cushing shows his versatility as an actor, and the film moves seemlessly from a monastery filmed at the small Bray studios to vast snowy landscapes at Pinewood through vast mountainscapes in the Pyreneans -- all great and credible alternatives to the Himalaya. As always with Guest, the so-called "monster" is understated, and "Snowman" demonstrates that the journey is often more rewarding than the destination. A great effort, highly recommended in this edition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent addition to my collection. Delivery & service 1st class, i'm very pleasedPublished 3 months ago by Christopher
Quite possibly the best Hammer film ever made. Peter Cushing as always gives a great performance, some of the American cast over act but PC holds it together and keeps the focus on... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul Smith
An unexpectedly well-made and thoughtful film. There are no back projections of scenery - only effective studio-bound shots blending well with excellent footage of real... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stephen Morse
Received very early! Just in time for New Years Eve - couldn't wait to watch it. I wasn't disappointed; being a big lover of Hammer films.Published 12 months ago by Count Dracula
I just love watching the hammer horrors which I use to love watching on bbc2 on a Saturday night a double bill many years ago. Read morePublished 12 months ago by peter johnson