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The Abominable Snowman (1957)

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

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At a remote lhamasery in the Himalayas, scientist John Rollason studies rare mountain herbs with the help of his wife Helen, and associate Peter, while awaiting the arrival of an American named Tom Friend. Over Helen's objections and warnings by the High Lhama, he sets out with Friend on an expedition to find the elusive Yeti, accompanied by another American named Shelley and a young Scotsman, McNee, who claims to have seen the thing. Footprints are found in the snows and McNee seems queerly affected the closer they get to their quarry's likely habitat but the biggest shock to Rollason is discovering Friend is a showman who only intends to exploit their find, with Shelley his gamehunter-marksman. The conflict between science and commercialism only increases when an enormous anthropoid is shot, and the horror only increases as the party realizes the other Yeti intend to retrieve their fallen comrade and have powers to do so which seem extra-human... Written by Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>

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In 2013 it was announced that Matthew Read and Jon Croker were scripting a modern take on the story for Hammer Films, with Ben Holden producing. See more »

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Following McNee's injury, Dr. Rollason wraps a large white bandage around McNee's damaged left ankle and foot. The bandage is shown around his foot in the 'studio' camp site and he's seen leaving his left boot inside the tent. But immediately afterwards the long shots of McNee ascending the mountain reveal boots on both his feet, while in all closeups the left boot is still absent. See more »

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Dr. John Rollason: This creature may have an affinity for man, something in common with ourselves. Let's remember that before we start shooting.
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Hammer shot this in an anamorphic widescreen process which they credited as "Hammerscope." When it was released in the United States, the promotional material credited it as "Regalscope." See more »

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Hammer In the Himalayas
13 June 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Nicely crafted little early Hammer film from the late fifties, surprisingly low-key for this studio, not to mention thoughtful, it was shot in black and white, also unusual for Hammer, and overall there are only two Hammer-esquire aspects to it, star Peter Cushing, and the supernatural elements in the story. Directed by Val Guest and written by Nigel Kneale, it is the tale of two men, one good, an Englishman, (naturally) and one bad, an American, (perhaps also naturally, given his greedy disposition), and their quest for the Yeti, popularly known as the 'abominable snowman' in the high Himalayas. Filmed on a tight budget, the picture is well-written, deliberately paced, and has relatively little action. The tone is pleasingly British in being civilized and polite, aside from obnoxious American Forrest Tucker, and there is about this film the hint that with more time and money a larger, better movie might have resulted. Here and there one gets a Michael Powell feeling, in the exotic lamasery setting and the outrageous plot; while at other times, in some excellent dialog, there are suggestions of a more intelligent film, a sort of thinking man's Lost Horizon, that might have been done had to producers not been so compelled to stick to the bottom line of fantasy and adventure, as opposed to the psychology and philosophy that periodically emerge as the story unfolds. All these matters aside, the movie stands up quite well on its own terms, managing to be both intelligent and eerie, not an easy thing to do. Rather than appearing to 'fight' their modest budget, the studio wisely emphasized the film's necessary minimalism, right down to the haunting, spare musical score, and the result is a gem of a picture that pulls the viewer agreeably along to its satisfactory conclusion.


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