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on 22 October 2017
From The Famed Hammer Horror Studios Comes Their Production Of The Abominable Snowman. Filmed in 1957 and starring Hammer regular The ever reliable Peter Cushing who alongside American actor Forrest Tucker both play a couple of botanist's embarking on an expedition in search of The fabled Yeti. filmed in Glorious black and white The movie Takes on an almost Documentary style feel as The explores Trawl Through The snow capped mountains. The panoramic widescreen of The movie captures excellent vistas of snow capped mountains and deep Terrains. The movie builds on suspense like its never been played before and I must say The climax of The movie still as The power To scare and shock Decades after This movie was made. Hammer wisely chose To film The actual Yeti scenes from Distant shots only allowing certain close up shots on The face This Gives The viewer The illusion To really make Their own mind on what The actual Yeti just might look like. surprisingly one of The lesser known Hammer Movies as The studio broke away from Their regular Dracula, Frankenstein offerings and The Abominable Snowman is one movie were The studio broke away from Their backlot To actual location shooting and it really shows in This movie. Peter Cushing is as ever on excellent form as with all of The cast in This production making This a must see movie and certainly one To add To your film collection. The DVD boasts an excellent widescreen print of The movie while The sound in its original Mono Track should not give you any real problems. Nothing in The way of any extras but you Don't really need anything for a movie like This. a first class production from start To finish is The order of The day and it comes Highly recommended.
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on 2 June 2016
This is one of my favourite films. Such suspense! There is a massive build-up and you really do find yourself shivering with imagined cold once you are immersed in the Himalayan landscape, wading along through the snow, not knowing what is going to happen next. I don't usually like horror movies, but this one is so intelligent and very understated, that you get wrapped up in the story and fascination with the dreaded snow monster, scared to see him and yet wanting to! It's one of those films where nothing much actually happens and yet it is gripping. Very eerie and effective, great shots of mountains and snow, and plenty of intrigue and mystery both in the mountains and back at the monastery. I'd love to read a book version of this movie. If you're reading this review and know if there is one and where to get it, please do write a comment on this review letting me know.
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on 27 February 2012
This review relates to the DD edition of this movie - a company which seems all but defunct at this stage. This is too bad because all their Hammer releases (specifically the two Quatermass and "The Abominable snowman") are miles ahead of what Icon did with these titles. The DD DVDs (that can still be found but which are getting increasingly expensive) are crisp, clear copies with very good commentaries by Val Guest, Nigel Kneale and/or Jimmy Sangster, and all hosted by Hammer guru Marcus Hearn. The commentary on "Snowman" by Val Guest is fun, informative, full of anecdotes (fascinating bit on Hitchcock). He is complemented by interventions of writer Nigel Kneale, who clearly did not see eye-to-eye with him on the picture, even if the writer had to acknowledge by the end that the movie was good!
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.
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on 9 January 2017
Peter Cushing stars as an explorer who has seen his better days off on one more major expedition to find the Yeti! His small group is led by Forest Tucker who gives a good performance. The Abominable Snowman just to make it clear is very much a talky film, don't go expecting typical monsters and ghouls just because this is Hammer horror. This actually comes across more like a Val Lewton flick. Acting is great but one thing upstages that and that is the sets, which are well constructed with snow and mountains.

Cushing's actress wife is called Helen, which was his wife's name in real life. Movie is wrapped up in suspicion and paranoia as it goes on and is a winner if certainly different from what Hammer would usually put out in the horror genre.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 December 2011
"Suppose they're not just a pitiable remnant waiting to die out. They're waiting, yes, but waiting for us to go..."

Following their success with The Quatermass Xperiment, Hammer reunited writer Nigel Kneale and director Val Guest for 1957's The Abominable Snowman. Like Quatermass, it's an adaptation of a BBC TV production written by Kneale and directed by Rudolph Cartier, 1955's The Creature, which starred Peter Cushing and Stanley Baker. For the big screen version Baker was replaced by Forrest Tucker - Hammer always had their eye out for affordable American actors to help their export prospects - but Cushing returned as the idealistic scientist who unsuspectingly finds himself on an expedition to find the Yeti for far more mercenary motives than his own (Arnold Marle and Wolfe Morris also reprised their TV roles as the high Lhama and a native guide).

Combining early ecological awareness with the very real 50s fear of nuclear annihilation, there aren't as many ideas as in the best of Kneale's work, the majority of the film devoted to the plot mechanics of the fairly simple storyline, reserving the most intriguing speculation for the last act when it becomes increasingly clear that the expedition are their own worst enemy and that the unseen Yeti might not be a dying species waiting for their own extinction but a more mentally sophisticated one awaiting man's self-extinction so they can take his place. No conclusions are ever reached - even the possibility of a psychic link between the Lhama and a `sensitive' member of the expedition and the creatures is left as an open question - even though it does spell out that man is the real beast here, his hunger for knowledge bringing only destruction. As Cushing spells out, in a precursor of Quatermass and the Pit's "We're the Martians now" moment, "Suppose we're the savages. Perhaps for them we've been the Dark Ages."

It's a decent movie rather than a great one, but Guest's direction combines nicely with Bernard Robinson's deceptively economical production design and Arthur Grant's cinematography to make the most of their limited resources and the impressive use of the `HammerScope' ratio and some well integrated location footage of the Pyrenees helps give the picture a feeling of scale that belies the predominantly backlot shooting. Shame about Robert Brown's wild overacting, though.

Icon's recent batch of budget-priced Hammer films on DVD have been justly derided for atrocious picture quality, but unlike Captain Kronos, X the Unknown or their Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass II double-bill, this title alone seems to have escaped with a very respectable 2.35:1 widescreen transfer that, a little bit of edge enhancement in the early scenes aside, doesn't disappoint even if there are no extras. Taken from an uncut UK print complete with censor's certificate, Warner Bros. logo and original title (the film was released in the US in a slightly cut version as The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas), it's certainly a good bet considering the ridiculously high prices Anchor Bay's deleted US DVD now goes for.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 September 2011
Maybe I am nit picking!! I love this atmospheric film and have it on DVD from a few years ago. My comment here is...NONE of these reviews (so far) can apply to the icon release of 12 Sep 2011...cos it ain't been released yet! So can we try not to be too eager to buy until we have an idea of the quality of this release. I do wish Amazon wouldn't do this (but I love you)!-----(22Sep)I took Trevor Willsmer's advice and ordered this. I have to say it is much better than my older DD DVD. This is correct Scope and good picture and sound. It is one of my all time favourites, even tho I can't quite put my finger on why - but it's "comfortable" - well written (obviously) and well acted. I was particularly impressed wth Dickie Wattis playing it pretty straight, which for him was very unusual. Cushing never hands in a bad perf and even big blustering "Tuck" plays his part well. It gets on with things and the ending, without saying too much, is just right. Highly recomended as unpretentious honest British (horror)cinema. I am tempted to see just how bad the "Quatermass" Icon DVD's are...maybe I'll wait just a bit longer.
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on 29 October 2016
Great movie I was thrilled to see again and finally own a copy. The only minor knocking I would give is due to wishing it was a Blu-ray, 2k or 4k scanned, super cleaned up version. Unfortunately after doing research it appears that this is the best copy possible at this time. Hopefully in the future a better version of source material can be found and Hammer can put out a special edition.

The story is a slow burn so don't expect non-stop action or a lot of the creature. It's a Gothic-style, atmospheric film with the always awesome Peter Cushing in the lead. An American has come to locate and bring back a Yeti body to prove the Abominable Snowman is real (and get rich/famous). The tension mounts as they encounter first one and then more. The scenes at night with the snow and wind and the cries of the Yeti are really well done and chilling. The scenes at the Buddhist monastery with the main priest trying to protect the Yeti and possibly able to communicate with hit.

Interestingly, there's a link to my favorite show Doctor Who. This was released in 1957 and years later, during the second Doctor Patrick Troughton's period, there's a story with the same name and many of the elements are the same. Sadly the story no longer exists due to BBC purging some shows, but you can find stills and clips and novelization. Doctor Who often adapted horror and sci-fi storylines and this is an early example.
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on 15 May 2016
Yes I like this film and I have seen it before, Hammer films are a firm favorite of mine and Peter Cushing in particular. The film is in B&W and strikes me as being dated with a transatlantic cast typical of I950's era home productions. A lot of heated discussions almost coming to blows. Added to that a rather studio bound feel with 2nd Unit mountaineering shots juxtaposed in awkward tandem. Still, can't expect the actors to be actually on location filming. For all I know Peter Cushing was an expert climber in real life. A bit of horror and suspense thrown in and some hidebound eastern mysticism, more in common with The Thing From Outer Space than The Mummy.
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on 12 March 2015
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 the story.

The effects are very good for the time, and the fact we see very little of the monsters adds to the sense of terror.
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on 29 November 2008
A group of explorers go into the Himalayas in an attempt to find and prove the existence of the legendary Yeti.

This is Hammer at its finest, a tense psychological thriller which grips you from beginning to end. This is no 'monster stomping about' film, but is instead intelligent and intriguing. Cushing and Tucker are excellent as a sympathetic morally-indignant botanist and a money-minded showman respectively. From the haunting Buddhist monastery to the icy wilderness, the sets are superb, and the shots of real ice-covered mountains add to the realism. This film really does have real tension and some unforgettable scenes.
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