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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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Arnold Marlé ...
Lhama (as Arnold Marle)
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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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The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas  »

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Trivia

Like the "Quatermass" films produced by Hammer (The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Enemy from Space (1957) and Five Million Years to Earth (1967), this was based on one of Nigel Kneale's television dramas, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Creature (1955). See more »

Goofs

Following McNee's fall, Dr. Rollason wraps a large white bandage around McNee's damaged left ankle and foot. Although the bandage is shown around his foot in the 'studio' camp site, immediately afterwards the long shots of McNee fleeing down the actual mountain reveal boots on both his feet. See more »

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Ed Shelley: [Very excitedly] The size of 'em! You wouldn't grasp the speed that they could move!
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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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An extraordinary Hammer journey
17 February 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I absolutely LOVE the Hammer studios. Regardless what most people claim, this production company offers a lot of diversity and fables for all tastes. Take this for example…in the same year they personified evil through the face of Baron Frankenstein, the also presented a mythical tale of the Himalayan Yeti. Unlike you'd expect, this movie is filled with though-provoking theories, moral speeches and criticism towards typically human greed. Those who're setting their minds to seeing an exiting snowman-hunt with violent and aggressive creature make-up might feel cheated after watching this film. The `horror' is mainly reached through a slow and tense atmosphere and the unpredictable twists in the search for the bizarre species of the Himalayas. The Abominable Snowman is very effective horror! The story makes you think and sympathize, while the locations and photography stuns you. There's a terrific interaction between the two protagonists – Forrest Tucker and Hammer regular Peter Cushing – which automatically forces you to pick sides. The final sequences are a bit of a blotch, I reckon…but by then, you're already impressed more then enough by this film. Val Guest was a terrific choice to direct, his previous efforts for the Hammer studios (The Quartermass Experiments) both were suspenseful movies as well. Nigel Kneale re-wrote the story that was turned in a TV-movie already two years earlier and he succeeds in upholding the unique premise. Cushing is at the peak of his respectable career at this point. In a period of only 3 years after this, he appeared in multiple other Hammer milestones like The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy, the Hound of the Baskervillers and the Horror of Dracula. His entire career is highly recommended and the Abominable Snowman even receives and extra plus.


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