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Friday, August 7, 2015

The Abominable Snowman (1957)

Against his wife's (Maureen Connell) wishes, a British scientist (Peter Cushing) joins up with a Himalayan expedition headed by an American fortune seeker (Forrest Tucker) to find the mysterious Yeti or Abominable Snowman. Based on a television play THE CREATURE by Nigel Kneale (THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT), who also did the screenplay and directed by Val Guest. This is a well constructed intelligent Hammer horror handsomely shot in B&W wide screen (HammerScope) credited to Arthur Grant that takes a cue from 1940s horror master Val Lewton. Kneale and Guest know that if were to see the actual Yeti, it would be a disappointment. Instead, we see a hand, its eyes or its full body in shadow, never the complete creature. They concentrate on atmosphere and tension rather than blood and gore and the end result is a first rate horror flick. The subtle underscore is by Humphrey Searle. With Richard Wattis and Arnold Marle.

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