In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms.
Peter Graham Scott
Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the ... See full summary »
At a remote lamasery 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 Lama, 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 game hunter/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>
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 »
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 »
This was released in the United States in an edited version as "The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas" (1957) with a running time of 85 minutes. See more »
It's low-key, but typical of the fine horror movies Hammer put out in the 50s and 60s. Black-and-white is perfect for the atmosphere. I'm always glad to see a movie with terror working in your mind rather than splattered all over the screen. Note: Letterboxing for this film is a must, because many interactions between characters are positioned all the way left and right in the Hammerscope (2:35) aspect ratio: pan-and-scan couldn't keep up! The VHS copy was a crisp print with mono optical sound as good as you could ask for.
This isn't an action film by any means, but the story keeps it moving just enough. I'm so glad that letterboxing has taken off to showcase a good wider-screen horror classic like this.
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