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Snowbeast (1977)

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

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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
Thomas Babson ...
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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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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28 April 1977 (USA)  »

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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

Toward the end as "Gar" and "Ellen" are running out of the barn Bo Svenson bumps the antlers hanging above the door with his "weapon" and the antlers fall off and hit Yvette Mimieux right in the head. You can see her grab her head right before the cut. See more »

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Gar Seberg: I quit being a skier in 1968 because the other skiers were mavericks!
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Somewhat Entertaining, Made For TV Horror Cheese
26 October 2009 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

"Snowbeast" was yet another Dollar Store DVD pickup for me (on a double feature disc with David Janssen in "Moon of the Wolf," which I have yet to watch) and it is a serviceable, though far from great, late 70s creature feature. Several other IMDb posters have referred to it as "Jaws on a Ski Slope" and I'd have to say that's a pretty accurate description. Like the zillions of other 70s monster movies that were obviously inspired by the success of "Jaws," "Snowbeast" duplicates virtually every plot point of the shark classic and transfers them to a dry land location (a Colorado ski resort, to be exact)... the opening scene where the creature attacks a lone girl, the hero with a dark past, the authorities who want to keep the attacks secret for fear of losing business, the eventual hunt for the beast by a small group of people on their own, yadda yadda yadda. Since "Snowbeast" was made for TV you don't get much in the way of blood and guts, therefore the gorehound crowd can skip this one right off the bat. You also don't get to see much of the titular Snowbeast (a Bigfoot-style mountain creature) due to obvious budgetary constraints. The filmmakers try to hide this by shooting most of the Snowbeast-attack scenes from the monster's point of view, which means all you get to see most of the time is a hairy arm and claw shooting out from the edge of the screen to grasp a screaming ski bunny. We do get a two second look at the critter's face when it peers through a window during the resort's Winter Carnival, causing predictable chaos, and I swear that it looks enough like the "Abominable" from "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" that I half expected one of the characters to announce "Didn't I ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumbles BOUNCE!"

Despite the high cheese factor, I had fun watching "Snowbeast." It's not scary in the slightest but was a decent way to kill 90 minutes on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Bo Svenson (as the troubled ski instructor who's honor-bound to kill the beast) puts in a decent performance, as does Yvette ("The Black Hole") Mimieux as his long suffering wife. Everyone else in the cast is basically there to provide cannon fodder/Snowbeast chow and aren't terribly interesting. But the snowy Colorado scenery is nice to look at (though the constant shots of the characters skiing and snowmobiling around the resort while hunting for the monster get a little tiresome after a while; they're obviously only there to pad out the run time) and unlike most movies of this genre, the ending does not set up for a possible sequel (thank God). If this sounds like your bag, you can find "Snowbeast" on DVD at a dollar store near you. Ya can't beat the price and you can do a hell of a lot worse for your buck.


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