Wednesday, October 07, 2020

31 Days of Halloween - Day 7 - Movie

Two men (Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker) search for the fabled yeti in the Himalayas. One wants to find it out of scientific curiosity. The other for exploitive, commercial reasons. What they find is something determined to stay hidden at any cost.

When thinking of the best films from Hammer studios, titles such as Brides of Dracula and Quatermass and the Pit come to mind, but one that deserves to be on any list,  yet tends to get overlooked is The Abominable Snowman (1957). Made while the yeti was still intriguing people due to photos of its footprints and expeditions sent to try and find it, the film written by Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale, an adaptation of his television presentation The Creature, the movie was directed by Val Guest, who also directed first two Quatermass films. The two of them provided an intelligent story with beautiful production values, strong performances and a real sense of mystery and awe. This is the perfect film for demonstrating why it's more suspenseful not to show the monster for as long as possible, instead only offering tantalizing glimpses, sounds, and other physical evidence.

I highly rate this one,  which makes for perfect viewing during a snow storm. If you only associate Hammer with vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein, then you need to give this movie a look.

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