All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
The legendary creature is half man... half animal... and a cold blooded killer!
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.
Eh, there's a ski resort and a Yeti legend and an Olympic champion who's lost the will to ski... you know the drill. None of it is all that interesting but you do get a POV shot of what it's like to be impaled by a ski pole.
I have a love/hate relationship with this film. It truly looks like half of my old home movies when we went to Whitefish or Fernie, and I would occasionally do some handheld horror stuff. You could cut together my old stuff and get this; which is rad, but also pisses me off I haven't done that haha. I love ski movies more than anyone; and throw horror in I'm going to say it's criminally underrated everytime. Released in the greatest year in Cinema history and starring the Inglorious Bastard himself; Bo Svenson! I think this film doesn't get the respect it deserves! Probably due to its original made for TV status. It's a well made low budget horror flick that is worth your time on a bored or sleepless night.
Take the plot of Jaws and put it at a skiresort instead and replace the shark with a bigfoot type creature. Then you suck the fun out of it, like a ghoul mad with bloodthirst would leech every last drop of blood out of your body and leave a dry husk to rot.
That's Snowbeast. Not outright bad, just mindnumbingly boring and uninteresting. This is 85 minutes I will never get back and to get my point across even further, I would not buy this on a remastered bluray. That's how much this movie sucks.
I love 70's everything when it comes to movies. So I liked the music, the grainy grit of the film, the hair, the clothes, the acting, etc.
Even that love doesn't make this any better than MAYBE an alternate option for some late-night laughs with friends or Halloween shit-fest marathon.
Not even a good bad movie. Boring lengthy dialogue about shit I don't care about. Uninteresting characters. Idiotic pace and an overused first person shaky cam. That being said, there were a few very funny parts that elevated Snowbeast to 'slightly watchable.' The ending sucked.
In this TV movie, Bo Svenson plays an ex-Olympic skier who puts his talents back to work when he has to help save a ski lodge from a vicious Yeti. SNOWBEAST isn't a great film, but I'd be hard pressed to say it was a particularly bad one, either.
It just feels kind of mediocre, with such highlights as Svenson's sad sack-turned-hero and Sylvia Sidney as the ski lodge owner, who doesn't want the word that people are dying is getting around. You could do worse and watch 2011's SNOWBEAST with John Schneider, and isn't even nearly as good.
On a mountain.
With an Abominable Snow Beast.
So very, very poor.
Perhaps the most obviously titled film ever is this low budget, made-for-TV effort that premiered on NBC in 1977. With a script by Joseph Stefano (the screenwriter of "Psycho"), a decent cast and some solid direction, "Snowbeast" is significantly better than it has any right to be. Made a couple of years after the "Jaws" phenomena, the film apes the plot from the Spielberg classic monster on the loose but town refuses to do anything about it for fear of losing tourist dollars. Carrie Rill (Sylvia Sidney) and her grandson Tony (Robert Logan) are owners of the Nill Lodge Ski Resort and have working hard to attract new tourists. With the Nill Ski Festival imminent the resort is packed with…
Good Made For TV Horror
This is in the Drive-In 50-pack Collection. I remember seeing this one on TV a long time ago. I watched recently and the film is adequately good. One of the better films in the Drive-in pack to me.
The film is not your top-notch Hollywood Horror film but it is worth watching if you are a fan of horror and Bigfoot / Yeti (Abominable Snowman). Just keep in mind when watching the movie is was made for TV in the 1970s.
The story is mediocre, nothing extraordinary, but the film does have a story. It's not overrun by a Yeti just out killing people which is good to me. I like a good horror story not a monster on film just mindlessly killing throughout the film.
I would say worth watching if you ever catch it on TV or acquire it in a film pack.
If you were to remove all the POV shots of this hairy monster lurking in the snow all you would be left with is an hour long drama. It's a schlocky JAWS ripoff, but as a kid I would have gone crazy for it.
Too much chat, not enough beast...
This movie sucked so hard I fell asleep
The monster is based so much on POV-shots that in the end you think they kill the cameraman.
Three things I'm a sucker for: (1) Bigfoot, (2) films set in snowy locales, and (3) Sylvia Sidney. So I had a great time with this. Objectively, though, it's a lukewarm Jaws ripoff without NEARLY enough 'Squatch (and no violence to speak of since it's made for TV).
Cf. The Car
Starting my budget box set of bargain-basement horror films, I couldn't resist 'Snowbeast'. A made for TV film, about a sasquatch who invades a skiing resort.
The acting, is simply terrible. It is like watching an American soap-opera version of a monster movie. Strangely though, this makes the experience ever more enjoyable.
The special effects were atrocious, the script was terrible. Virtually everything about this film was terrible, so I cannot fathom why I enjoyed it so much, but I did.
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…