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Snowbeast (1977)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 28 April 1977
A Colorado ski resort is besieged by a sub-human beast that commits brutal murders on the slopes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gar Seberg
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Ellen Seberg
Robert Logan ...
Tony Rill
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Sheriff Paraday
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Mrs. Carrie Rill
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Buster Smith (as Thomas W. Babson)
Jacquie Botts ...
Betty Jo Blodgett
Kathy Christopher ...
Jennifer
Jamie Jamison ...
John Cochran
Richard Jamison ...
Ben Cochran
Liz Jury ...
Mrs. Blodgett
Richard Jury ...
Charlie Braintree (as Ric Jury)
Rob McClung ...
Deputy #2
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Heidi (as Anne McEncroe)
Victor Raider-Wexler ...
Deputy Holt
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Storyline

In this made for TV film, an enormous and angry bigfoot creature begins to terrorize a Colorado Ski Resort during a winter carnival, by eating several skiers. At first everyone insists it is just a bear, until ski patrolman Tony Rill sees a white shadowy beastly shape disappearing into the woods. Although Tony's grandmother Mrs. Carrie Rill, who owns the Ski Resort and the town sheriff, Sheriff Paraday disagree, it soon becomes clear when the creature finally attacks the town. Written by Anonymous

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The legendary creature is half man... half animal... and a cold blooded killer! See more »

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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28 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Fera das Neves  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the Bigfoot creature that was seen for over 100 years in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest. 'Joseph Stefano' wrote the script taking much of the information from Roger Patterson's encounter with a Bigfoot in 1967. See more »

Goofs

Ellen's skis and straps change color from when she is at the lodge (33:30 min) and on the slopes (34:17 min) to the next scene where she removes her skis while tracking the Snowbeast (39:15 min). See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Paraday: I understand she was a guest at your ski lodge. I was hoping you could help me idenify her.
Tony Rill: I must have seen her somewhere. Maybe I will recognize her when I see her face.
Sheriff Paraday: She does not have one.
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Connections

Remade as Snow Beast (2011) See more »

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Corman-esquire cure for insomnia
29 July 2006 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Good looking actors like Mimieux and Svenson and pretty scenery can only do so much to save a poorly written story. Snow Beast is a typical 1970s monster horror film and plays out like an over-long ancestral episode of the X-Files without any of the subplots that made that show tolerable. Of course it's about a yeti terrorizing a ski resort. But since the yeti itself (also a pretty good looking creature) only appears in the film for about 2 minutes scattered over the entire 86 minutes of the film, the resort is mostly inhabited by bad actors. Frankly, only Mimieux gives a performance worthy of recording, though Svenson seemed to at least be enjoying himself.

Svenson and Mimieux's characters are married, though seemingly becoming estranged because of Svenson deepening depression. Bob Logan plays a good friend of the couple who appears to be interested in Mimieux for reasons that go beyond friendship. Svenson's problem is that he regrets having given up skiing after winning five gold medals and becoming a champion. This sets up a subplot which is used to justify about 30 minutes of Corman-esquire scenes of people skiing. Svenson is a pretty poor skier for an ex-champion. The hunt for the yeti, which really couldn't justify more skiing scenes, instead explains why most of the last 15 minutes of the film consists of the principle cast riding around on snow mobiles. And lest I forget, Clint Walker shows up, playing himself in a County Sheriff's uniform and leads the snow-mobile brigade.

Like many "shockers" of the 70s, Snow Beast avoids an adequate special effects budget and an R rating (it's a TV movie) by not allowing the audience to see the beast itself or really, any of the horror scenes. You only see the beast when the actors do. And when they see it, they die, while you are only likely to experience narcolepsy.

It took me four nights to get through this one. I have read through some of the more enthusiastic reviews, and all I can say about them is that I am glad that diversity thrives here on IMDb.


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