The Abominable Snowman (1957)

Director: Val Guest

Writer: Nigel Kneale (Screenplay)

Starring: Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis, Robert Brown, Michael Brill, Wolfe Morris

 

Plot: A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.


Tagline – Demon-prowler of the mountain shadows…Dreaded man-beast of Tibet…The terror of all that is human

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Hammer Horror

 

Story: The Abominable Snowman when an English botanist working in Tibet Dr Rollason (Cushing) decides to join forces with gruff American explore Tom Friend (Tucker) as they lead an expedition into the Himalayas in search for a Yeti.

What the small group discovers will put them all to the test as they never imagined they would come face to face with a monster this big, the race to survive against the unkillable monster is on.

 

Thoughts on The Abominable Snowman

 

Characters – Dr Rollason is an English botanist that has worked hand in hand with the Lhama in a small Tibetan village, he has built up an honest relationship over his time, though he has been waiting for the chance to go on his own expedition in search for a yeti. He is the one that knows how the danger could cost them their lives and is willing to accept just seeing one rather than catching one. Tom Friend is a hunter that has a reputation of being able to capture the unknown creatures, he wants to capture the Yeti to prove he is the best too. Helen is the Doctor’s wife, she joins him on the expedition, while making sure he doesn’t get involved in the climbing side, she isn’t happy that he choices to go on this latest one. Peter is the pure upper-class English man that looks down on everyone and wants out of Tibet as soon as possible, he doesn’t go on the expedition, though he aims to talk Helen into not following her husband.

PerformancesPeter Cushing the hammer horror icon is wonderful in the leading role, with Forrest Tucker going hand in hand with Cushing playing the opposite which makes us see the tension between them. The rest of the cast are giving the basic performance without having too much to do.

StoryThe story follows a team that head into the Himalayas in search of a yeti, what they end up finding will put their lives in danger as they are not prepared for what they have come up against. In traditional Hammer Horror style we go through the idea of people’s greed going to take over sensible nature, while trying to prove another species is alive only undiscovered. This is simple enough to follow and the clash in the two leads ideas does get the payoff required for the discovery the two make through the film.

Adventure/HorrorThe adventure side of this movie comes from the ideas of how the expedition takes place showing us just how exploring the Himalayas could be. The horror fits into a classic monster from stories, both real and fictional, this does work for the film as the creature creation is scary for when this was released.

SettingsMost of the film is set on the Himalayas, well what is meant to be them, we get to see just how far the people are willing tot ravel for science and what could be in the undiscovered areas.

Special EffectsThe effects used in the film are basic and for the time are make up ones that are used to add terror to the snowmen.


Scene of the Movie –
The first glimpse of the yeti.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The random addition to the mission which doesn’t make sense to everything.

Final ThoughtsThis is an easy to watch Hammer Horror classic, it does everything right without shocking the audience like many others from the company once did.

 

Overall: Easy to watch.

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ABC Film Challenge – Horror – W – Within (2016)

Director: Phil Claydon

Writer: Gary Dauberman (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Vartan, Erin Moriarty, Nadine Velazquez, Ronnie Gene Blevins, JoBeth Williams, Dorian Kingi

 

Plot: A thriller centered around a widower who moves into a seemingly perfect new home with his daughter and new wife.


Tagline – You can’t keep out what’s already inside

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Standard Creep Person Living in House Movie

 

Story: Within starts with the Alexander family, John (Vartan), Hannah (Moriarty) and Melanie (Velazquez) moving into a new home after the previous situation becoming a problem. Melanie is the new wife that is trying to build her relationship with Hannah, while John and Hannah still trying to make amends for their disagreement which led to the move.

After learning they are living in the ‘creepy’ house in the neighbourhood, Hannah starts to believe not everything is right and soon we learn the truth as the battle to survive in their home is on.

 

Thoughts on Within

 

Characters – John is the father of the house, we know he has been on hard times and this house is all he can afford for his family. He does love both his wife and daughter and is trying to teach his daughter a lesson after her mistakes have led them to this location. Hannah is his daughter of John that has been getting herself in trouble which caused the move, she is grounded and is the first one to notice the strange events around the house. Melanie is the new wife and step-mother to Hannah, she doesn’t do much beyond the normal, which is mostly trying to be the best friend in her time of need. Ray is the creepy neighbour that offers to help change the locks, less we say about him the better.

PerformancesWhen we look at the performances in this film we must be praising Erin Moriarty as she is excellent in her role, the weaknesses come from the parental characters, Michael Vartan and Nadine Velazquez who both don’t seem to do much with their roles in the film.

StoryThe story here follows the family that move into a new home only to start seeing strange things happening and we fall in the, ‘creepy person living in the attic’ sub-genre, which is one that I feel is getting tiresome, there is only so much you can do while telling this story and if we are being honest we have seen it done on better levels before. The build up follows the checklist and by the end of the film the story just feels like it is trying to hard to be different, rather than good.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the idea that someone could be living in your house, it is an easy idea for because being haunted in your own home should be working, though this misses the tension required for the film.

SettingsThe film is set entirely inside the one house, which is all we need as this keeps the film contained for the maximum levels of horror, even if they don’t use it well.

Special EffectsThe effects for the most part are good with the kills looking extra brutal when they hit.


Scene of the Movie –
The first meeting of David.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We have seen this too much.

Final ThoughtsThis is a by the books horror that doesn’t test the audience enough, it has an easy out which doesn’t get used at all, though the killer does look creepy throughout.

 

Overall: Been here seen this.

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