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Friday, July 8, 2011

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week: Make-Up Edition ...

To make up for my lack of posts lately, here is a semi-rerun from over a year ago. I originally showed it as part of a double feature but now here it is all on its own. It's pretty darn good, too.


Enjoy!




Yoinked from the wiki gods, Video Dead movie blog and my boys at 1000misspenthours.com ...


"The Snow Creature is a 1954 black-and-white sci-fi monster movie produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder, and written by Myles Wilder. It stars Paul Langtonand and Leslie Denison as members of a scientific expedition to the Himalaya's that encounter and capture a Yeti. The creature is then brought back to the U.S., only to escape and run havoc in Los Angeles. It's the east coast King Kong, only strange and boring and without talent.


Director W. Lee Wilder was the same talentless clod who gave us Killers from Space and The Man Without a Body, and The Snow Creature is every bit as shabby and lackluster as either of those turkeys. The movie has been released on DVD in numerous bargain basement versions and is now considered a cult classic.




The movie has two acts, the first taking place in the exotic locale of the Himalayas and the second occurring in Los Angeles, California. While the first act takes place in an undisclosed Himalayan country (presumably bordering India) the actors portraying the locals speak Japanese for some reason. Whatever, freaking Japs.


So The Snow Creature was the first of several 'Yeti/Abominable Snowman' themed movies. It also bore some strong resemblance to King Kong, in terms of plot, with act-one in an exotic setting and act-two taking place in an urban setting. The monster is captured in the first act and is brought to the urban setting in the second act, only to be set loose -seeking out a habitat similar to its home (in this case, the snow creature runs to the sewers of L.A.). Finally, both films feature a monster that is drawn to women.


Beyond the singularly tacky monster suit (it’s nothing but a bunch of cheap furs sewn haphazardly together), the excessive reliance on voice-over to propel the story, and a cast that deservedly spent most of its respective careers playing characters with names like Farmer, Policeman, and Japanese Ambassador, The Snow Creature suffers from the deadliest of all shortcomings... it’s fairly boring.


Apart from the specific nature of the monster, there’s nothing here you won’t have seen done better a hundred times already, and even its one distinctive selling point, the Yeti, was done better several times in subsequent years. But I guess it gets points for being the first.




This film is supposed to be the world's first abominable snowman flick. It's probably also one of the world's worst snowman flicks. Everything from the crappy costume (just a tall guy in a furry suit that kind of looks like footy pajamas with his face clearly visible) to the slow pacing (you see the same scene of people climbing a mountain over and over until you drift softly to sleep) to the stupid KING KONG rip-off plot.


Anyway, it's a bad movie and you'll have fun watching it. So watch."



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