“Some Things Are Better Left Unfound”
Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy), a wheelchair-bound paraplegic mountain climber, returns to the scene of his wife’s death on a weekend when a ravenous Yeti attacks the wooded community. Bigfoot is a creature which goes by many names and has been spotted numerous times by credible witnesses. He is once again on the prowl and as Rogers attempts to track the beast’s movements and convince his neighbors of their danger, events become even more complicated by the appearance of two hunters (Lance Henricksen and Jeffrey Combs), and a simple headed police chief. Bigfoot lurks around the forest, brutalizing whomever he finds and wreaks havoc.
Using several classic B-movie themes, “Abominable” renews the old by crafting a story that supports its bold scares and dark atmosphere with real characters and believable conflicts in a modern folk tale that lends belief to the supernatural/monstrous element. Not only Bigfoot is a threat and source of both confusion and fear, but also so are humans.. Director Ryan Schifrin constructs a story wherein the bizarre is intimately interwoven with the moments of everyday. As a result, the audience celebrates the cosmic awe and mystery of the Yeti (and all the dangers/thrills it represents) while taking a closer look at mature philosophical ideas. Schifrin brings some impressive moments of tension and characterization with a small budget. His style is both crisp and engaging as is his penchant for charging scenes of seemingly everyday reality with true sinister atmosphere. There is an undeniable sense of hiding malignance and while Yeti is in the shadows for the first quarter of the film, the pay off, when the beast appears, is well worth the weight — easily the most effective Bigfoot to ever terrorize the screen. In “Abominable”, looking out windows is really frightening. “Abominable” makes the night scary again!
I love a good monster movie and if we see horror films as a form of escapism then we realize that it is fun to be scared by a supernatural monster of some kind. We let our imaginations run wild and become taken into a completely unbelievable situation. “Abominable” gives us an hour and a half of a good horror flick: silly dialogue, gore, cameo appearances from a few genre vets, a dash of nudity, and yes, a guy in a monster suit.
Matt has returned to his former home in the wilderness for the first time since a terrible accident that took both his wife and his ability to walk. On the night of his arrival, Preston is left alone and spends his time looking out the window at the cabin next door where a group of girls has arrived for the weekend. Soon, when one of the girls goes outside alone, she is attacked by a giant monster. Preston spends the rest of the movie trying to figure out how to warn the other of the situation and how he can get out of it. The use of paralysis amps up the suspense as the character needs to come up with inventive ways of getting the attention of the girls while also planning an escape. As he thinks about this, we meet a trio of hunters who are out to find the monster.
The Abominable Snowman himself is pretty cool other than his fact that his face was a little hard to take seriously. Director Schifrin is obviously a horror fan and it shows. He knows how to deliver a fun ending and he throws in a nude scene when necessary to keep with b-movie tradition. This modest thriller delivers some gross-out gore in the last third, but most of its running time is spent building up a tidy atmosphere of mounting dread.
In cameo roles we Dee Wallace Stone in the opening scene as the farmer’s wife, Rex Linn from “CSI: Miami” as the farmer and Paul Gleason as the sheriff.
Bonus Materials include:
- Brand-New 2K High-Definition transfer from the original camera negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature
- 1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
- ‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE’ featurette (SD)
- Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
- Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
- “Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
- “Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked” (16:28, HD) Short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
- The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 minutes, SD)
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Storyboard Gallery
- Collectible Poster