Phil takes a look back at his favorite classic creature features
With so many of us staying at home these days, It’s easy to run out of great entertainment. Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video have become wonderful resources in these trying times but with so much content to choose from I often end up endlessly searching for that perfect movie to pass the time – often with no result. But alas, when push comes to shove – I always end up going back to the classics. Back to the movies that inspired my imagination as a child and still do to this day. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of these awesome flicks with you – so strap yourselves in – because this is going to be a fun ride!
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
I grew up watching monster movies. You name it, King Kong, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, The Blob, IT! The Terror From Beyond Space, It Came From Beneath The Sea, Clash Of The Titans, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Aliens, Predator, you name it, I loved them all. But despite treasuring every single one of these glorious creature features, there is one movie that I always seem to reach for one those cold wet days indoors. The Abominable Snowman.
It is a true classic – in every sense of the word. Starring screen LEGEND Peter Cushing who is joined by Forrest Tucker, and James Bond veteran Robert Brown, the story follows a kindly English botanist and a gruff American promoter on an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.
The five-man expedition traverses the treacherous peaks of the Himalayas determined to capture evidence of the famous mythical beast of urban legend. However, everything is not as it seems, and when the expedition’s benefactor Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) announces his intentions to capture a live Yeti and present it to the world’s press it puts him at odds with Cushing’s compassionate scientist Dr. John Rollason. Unlike Friend, Rollason is motivated by scientific curiosity alone and yearns to learn more about the creature.
With Friend’s party determined to capture the creature, and Rollason serving as their moral barometer, the expedition braves the dangerous weather conditions and suffers terrible losses, all before learning who the real monsters of the Himalayas are. Themselves.
The movie challenges our very perception of the mythical Yeti and reveals a more benevolent take on the legend that forces us to take a polarizing look at ourselves. As always, Cushing approaches the role with his customary brilliance and delivers another noteworthy performance making him the perfect protagonist to Tucker’s misguided sports hunter. The adventure is a classic tale of man versus monster and addresses the moral implications of mankind exploiting the natural world for its own selfish, personal gain. The movie is an all-time family classic that will have adults and kids alike on the edge of their seats for 91 glorious minutes. It is pure unadulterated escapism at its best and in the current climate, The Abominable Snowman is a perfect little timewaster. So press play, sit back, and rediscover a Hammer classic.
The Abominable Snowman is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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Phil Roberts is the Owner, Daily Content Manager, and Editor-In-Chief of The Future of the Force. He is passionate about Star Wars, Batman, DC, Marvel, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, King Kong, and the Ray Harryhausen movies. Follow him on Twitter @philthecool where he uses the force and babbles frequently!