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The Abominable Snowman (1957)

Have you ever seen a dragonfly larvae?

If not, hint: THEY ARE NOT PRETTY, but I think that we can absolutely agree that the final product is astoundingly beautiful, nature’s iridescent little Sikorsky helicopters.

The lesson here is that beautiful things can come from ugly things.
That within a bad idea, a great product can be brought into the world.

So it is with Hammer’s 1957 production of “The Abominable Snowman”.
Upon first blush, you’re like okay, it’s a Bigfoot movie, let’s not get too excited about it, but then – then you see that it has Peter ‘effin’ Cushing in it.

And you start watching it.

And you change your mind.

This movie is really, really good.

As well you should, because despite the title, this movie has all the hallmarks of a great film: written by Quatermass scribe Nigel Kneale, based upon his BBC teleplay, directed by Hammer stalwart Val Guest, and – again – starring Peter ‘effin’ Cushing.

For a movie of it’s time, it’s one part statement of the human condition – who’s the real creature here – one part exploration of far eastern mysticism, and one part monochromatic atmosphere that takes the movie to the next level.

“The Abominable Snowman” has a great deal going for it, and it does deliver, if you are patient and willing to view it with non-judgemental eyes.

The Episode

The Review

Glenn Erickson has this to say about “The Abominable Snowman” (some times “of the Himalayas”) over at DVD Savant:

The remarkable The Abominable Snowman (sometimes with of the Himalayas tacked on) doesn’t enjoy the reputation it deserves. Few reviewers have had much to say about it. Monster fans aren’t charmed by its reluctance to show its title characters. Hammer aficionados would rather discuss that company’s Technicolored horrors. But this Nigel Kneale adaptation of his own story and teleplay, like his earlier Hammer Quatermass series, is a superior science fiction film of rare sophistication and power.

That is a Texas sized 10-4, Good buddy.
I love that he calls out the use of black and white to carry across the message, as opposed to color.
This was the correct decision on Hammer’s part (or was it Guest’s call?) because if this had been presented in color, it really would have lost a great deal of the atmosphere and impact.

The Links

“The Dice Man” novel by Luke Rhinehart, on Amazon

The Die Cast Movie Podcast

“John Brown’s Body”, performed by Pete Seeger.

“There is a Tavern in the Town”, performed by Rudy Vallee’

“The Abominable Snowman” on Blu-Ray

“The Abominable Snowman” on DailyMotion (Watch for free!)

“The Abominable Snowman” reviews over at Apocalypse Later, Classic-Horror, and, of course, DVD Savant.

The Credits

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