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October 1957 (USA) See more »
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See It With Someone Brave! -- A Timeless Terror to Freeze You to Your Seats! See more »
Plot:
A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Forrest Tucker ... Tom Friend

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Rollason
Maureen Connell ... Helen Rollason
Richard Wattis ... Peter Fox

Robert Brown ... Ed. Shelley
Michael Brill ... McNee
Wolfe Morris ... Kusang
Arnold Marlé ... Lhama (as Arnold Marle)
Anthony Chinn ... Majordomo (as Anthony Chin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Johnson ... Yeti (uncredited)
John Rae ... Yeti-eyes (uncredited)
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Directed by
Val Guest 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale (story and screenplay)

Val Guest  uncredited

Produced by
Aubrey Baring .... producer
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
 
Original Music by
Humphrey Searle 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Marshall 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Henry Montsash .... hairdressing
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lynn .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe
Beatrice Dawson .... dress designer
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical director
 
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Doreen Soan .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
91 min | USA:85 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1958) | Netherlands:14 (re-rating) (1958) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:12 (DVD: director's audio commentary) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) (2011) | USA:Approved (PCA #18535) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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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 (#6.5)" (1955).See more »
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Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[Kusang has run off]
Ed Shelley:Find him?
Dr. Tom Friend:No, but I found something else.
Ed Shelley:What's that?
Dr. Tom Friend:One of your traps all broken apart!
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Referenced in The Perfect Scary Movie (2005) (TV)See more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Inventive Hammer monster movie, 30 December 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

It's rather strange seeing Hammer horror in black and white after all the vibrant colours that their later offerings show off so boldly; but the black and white gives it that old monster movie feel (which is what the movie is anyway...) and it's a good factor for that reason. It's true that this isn't Hammer's finest work, but it's a very nice early offering; and shows some early ingeniousness of the studio. That's what I like best about Hammer Horror; when you see one of their movies, you know that you're going to be in for a fun and imaginative ride and this film certainly delivers on that front. The plot follows botanist Peter Cushing as he joins a group of arctic explorers that go off into the Himalayas in search of the mythical beast - the Yeti. The film then follows, in adventure style, their misadventure as they come face to face with the beast itself and get more than they bargained for...

The snow setting gives the film a feeling of isolation that invokes a constant feeling of dread and we get the impression that if something bad does happen - there wont be anyone there to save our hero's. This mind game has been carried off in many films since this one (Alien, most notably), but here is a good early example of that. The film is also different from most other horror films as it handles a subject and a monster that hasn't often been covered. This sets it apart in a good way as it's something different from the viewer and also goes some way to showing Hammer's inventiveness as most studios are happy to continue taking the safe option and making horror films that have been tried and tested. The fact that the Yeti doesn't appear for much of the film will no doubt annoy some viewers, and it did me somewhat, but it helps the film as it ensures that the audience will be intrigued to finally see the monster. The film is very well paced and doesn't get boring either, which is a plus.

As I said, this isn't Hammer's best film. However; it's definitely well worth tracking down for the Hammer fan, and people in general that want to see a good monster movie.

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