After a terrible climbing accident, Preston Rogers moves back into his mountain home for some peace and quiet. He soon witnesses a group of young women being hunted by a mysterious monster and is the only one that can stop it.
Filmed in 2006 by Ryan Schifrin and starring Matt McCoy, Haley Joel, Christien Tinsley, Paul Gleason, the great Jeffrey Combs and infamous Lance Henriksen. Abominable is a horror film about the legendary Bigfoot hunting down people up in the mountains. We don’t know where these mountains reside, just know it’s up in the mountains.
Now, you may be asking yourself “Is this a corny B movie from the Walmart $5 bin?” And your answer would be yes! It’s not necessarily a well known film and there are some cheesy moments. But man is it great campy horror. One of those under the radar kind of films that’s so bad it’s good.
It mainly follows our hero Presten. A wheelchair bound widower trying to recover after a traumatic rock climbing incident He’s the only one seeing these deaths and know one believes him. Each death is shot with a POV style shot of Present looking through binoculars. His entire story made me think of Jimmy Stewart’s character L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies, from Hitchcock’s 1954 film Rear Window. Just instead of a hot Grace Kelly, he has a jerk nurse named Otis.
Otis is hilarious. He makes terrible one liners and you get the impression that he doesn’t care for being Prestens caregiver. He doesn’t believe Presten about the bigfoot and kind of mocks him like Presten was crazy. You know this guy is gonna get it eventually and boy does his demise pay off!
What I love most about this film is the bigfoot itself. He’s this large burly kind of creature that resembles a steroid using Steve Buscemi with a hair problem. I don’t know if the costume designers purposely made him to look so bug eyed. A part of me believes it was going for the corny 50’s style monsters. Although if I met this thing in the woods, I would run like hell.
Another thing is he eats his victims. I was always under the assumption that bigfoots were gentle vegan pacifists. Man, Harry And The Hendersons really messed that one up. This thing is big and mean, like a a hungry Joy Behar! Wouldn’t it be cool to have a movie where Abominable and Harry Henderson fight each other!
For what it’s worth, Abominable is a fun movie to watch. There are some great scenes with over-the-top gore. Some people won’t even realize that Jeffrey Combs is in the movie. He plays the exaggerated smoking store clerk that’s hooked up to an oxygen tank. Him and Lance Henriksen play very small roles that literally have nothing to do with the entire plot. It’s a bit odd but their characters are comical and entertaining for the small amount of time they’re in the film.
It’s just a fun/terrible film to watch. Don’t go into it with a serious attitude. More like, how many beers can we chug in between kills or something. It’s a good film for an enjoyable night because of it’s corniness. Yet, it’s brutality should keep you wanting more.