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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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Herb Wallerstein

Writer:

Joseph Stefano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Svenson ... Gar Seberg
Yvette Mimieux ... Ellen Seberg
Robert Logan ... Tony Rill
Clint Walker ... Sheriff Paraday
Sylvia Sidney ... Carrie Rill
Thomas Babson ... Buster (as Thomas W. Babson)
Jacquie Botts Jacquie Botts ... Betty Jo
Kathy Christopher Kathy Christopher ... Jennifer
Jamie Jamison Jamie Jamison ... John Cochran
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ... Ben Cochran
Liz Jury Liz Jury ... Mrs. Blodgett
Richard Jury Richard Jury ... Charlie Braintree (as Ric Jury)
Rob McClung Rob McClung ... Deputy #2
Annie McEnroe ... 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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An unknown terror stalks a ski resort! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snowbeast See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where the snow beast attacks the town hall during the snow queen ceremony was written in to replace a previously scripted and filmed attack scene that was deemed too violent to be aired on television. See more »

Goofs

Several times during the film, when the Snowbeast is watching its next victim from the forest, it is suddenly shown in a different area. This is most noticeable when the sheriff and crew on snowmobiles, searching for the Snowbeast, say lets go back to the camper. The Snowbeast is near them when they say this. Suddenly its shown by the camper which is further away. Its never explained how the Snowbeast gets around so fast. See more »

Quotes

Deputy Holt: WE GOT IT! The sheriff himself got it right between the eyes! We're bringing it in!
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Alternate Versions

The National Broadcasting Company decided it would be a little violent to have a skier fall from the ski lift and break a leg and then become a victim to the Snowbeast. In this scene, it was where the Winter Games took place. Writer Joseph Stefano and director Herb Wallerstien changed the scene to have the Snowbeast attack the town's gymnasium were they are holding a skiing contest for the snow champions. The fall from ski lift scene appears in some other versions of this film. See more »

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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Jaws on the Slopes
23 April 2005 | by hdavis-29See all my reviews

For a low budget, made-for-TV movie from 1977, this one packs quite a wallop. Sure, we never really get to see the monster and there is an abundance of non-professional extras on hand, but the lead performances (Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux and Clint Walker) are just fine. There are two very strong qualities which take this film into the recommendable range. One is the excellent location photography. Sure, the Colorado mountains are gorgeous, but the stedicam work around the slopes really add to the tension. Second is the musical score. It is just excellent, so far about the norm for a TV movie of the era. I don't have the composer credit at hand, but it's my guess that there was a connection between him and Joseph Stefano, who wrote the film and was a veteran of Outer Limits, also noted for its engaging musical score. Anyway, between the music and the swooping camera work, this film is often genuinely creepy, almost from the first few minutes. And bless her sweet soul, isn't Yvette gorgeous? She sure grew from the Time Machine into a beautiful woman. Final word: it's hard not to notice the plot similarity between this feature and Jaws. Made two years after the Spielberg classic, we're still dealing with a monster on the loose and a town that doesn't want to admit it for fear of losing tourist dollars. Maybe Jaws on the Slopes would be a good subtitle here.


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