Snowbeast (2005) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
“Snowbeast” is a 1977 TV movie filmed a year after the popular “Jaws.”
It’s got quite a few positives: Gorgeous alpine locations—filmed at Crested Butte Mtn Ski Resort, Colorado; a very likable 70s cast, including Robert Logan, Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux and Clint Walker; and a decent-looking malevolent Sasquatch for a TV film of that era, although you barely get to see him.
Unfortunately the film lacks originality as the plot rips off “Jaws” verbatim. The only difference is that it takes place at a ski resort rather than a beach and the monster is a sasquatch rather than a shark. Like “Jaws” there’s a scene where a bear is hunted and killed, making the skiers think the slopes are safe again, but the main characters know it’s not the culprit; one of them even states that the dead bear’s stomach should be opened up to see if human remains can be found. I hope Peter Benchley got royalties! Despite the similarities, “Snowbeast” lacks the suspense and pizzazz of “Jaws;” in fact, it’s kinda boring, but well worthwhile if you’re in an alpine mood and/or if you’re a fan of the four stars. After all, any film with Clint Walker can’t be all bad; plus Yvette looks real cute in a tight ski outfit.
The film runs 97 minutes.
I’ve seen “Snowbeast” three times now and always enjoy it despite its lack of originality and slightly lethargic spirit. It’s a must for all fans of the Bigfoot mythos. Just keep in mind that it’s a 70’s TV movie.
Although I give the film 4/5 Stars it’s a weak 4/5 Stars and is only relevant to those interested in the Bigfoot legend, great alpine locations or fans of the cast. Others might want to pass.
PERSONAL GRADE: B-
About Snowbeast (2005)
Starring: Robert Logan, Yvette Mimieux, Sylvia Sidney, Bo Svenson, Clint Walker
Runtime: 97 minutes
Director: Herb Wallerstein