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Abominable (2006)

-Reviewed by B-Movie Man Nic Brown

The last year or so has seen a whole spate of movies related to the legend of Bigfoot: “Sasquatch Mountain”, “Clawed” (AKA “The Unknown”), “Sasquatch Hunters”, “Yeti: A Love Story”, and more with just “generic” big hairy monsters in the woods. This is not a bad thing necessarily, but it does tend to make audiences discount the value of the offerings when they are so numerous. The writer and director of “Abominable”, Ryan Schifrin, put together a story that uses a lot of familiar elements, but is still both original and entertaining.

 

The story follows Preston, Matt McCoy, who is returning to his home in the mountains for the first time since a brutal climbing accident left him both a paraplegic and a widower. Preston is accompanied by his male nurse Otis, Christien Tinsley, who is either the most uncaring male nurse to ever exist, or he is taking the idea of tough love a little too far. Whatever the case is, Otis’s borderline abusive behavior makes the viewer feel even more empathy with Preston’s position as a virtual prisoner in what was once a mountain retreat for him and his wife.


With little else to do Preston pays attention to the comings and goings at the house next door, currently occupied by a group of young women on vacation. This sets up the film for a “Hitchcock” like play on the classic “Rear Window”, with Preston in Jimmy Stewart’s role as the man who sees, in this case a horrific monster, but cannot act due to his condition. As the creature, an extremely fast and strong “Sasquatch”, begins to murder and devour the college girls, Preston must overcome his physical limitations and his own fear to save himself and the girls.


Another interesting point of “Abominable” is the supporting cast. Horror movie favorites Lance Henricksen and Jeffery Combs appear as a couple of locals who go hunting for the creature and regret finding it. Also, the late Paul Gleason appears as the sheriff who of course discounts Preston’s reports of something in the woods as his imagination. Be on the lookout for B Movie Man favorite Tiffany Shepis as Tracy, one of the unfortunate girls next door to Preston who encounters the creature.  

 

The creature itself is done very well. Schifrin doesn’t immediately throw the monster out for the audience, but rather limits our sightings to build tension and curiosity for what the beast looks like. One really clever addition is the creature’s ability to open its mouth unbelievably wide, creating a horrific image as it prepares to chomp down on its victims.

 

“Abominable” isn’t going to win the Academy Award this year, but it does a good job at what it tries to do: scare and entertain the audience. Although some of the characters are a bit one dimensional, overall the story and acting are solid and the gore and creativity of many of the death scenes will keep your hardcore horror fans happy. I give “Abominable” 8 out of 10 for some good gore, good scares and for having Jeffery Combs and Lance Henricksen together in one horror film! Check it out!

 

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