16th Mar2020

‘Abominable’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Katrina Mattson, Amy Gordon, Robert Berlin, Justin Prince Moy,m Brandon Grimes, Magdaln Smus, John Carlssun, Liz Congo, Deanna Grace Congo, Timothy Shults, Viktir Ackeev, Joseph Ellis | Written by Joseph Ellis | Directed by Jamaal Burden

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Abominable! Abominable? Am I describing this film or questioning the ridiculously generic choice of title? Well…

I joke of course. It’s actually the latter. Yes, this abominable film is actually anything but; in fact it’s a pretty decent, if low budget, entry into the killer-Yeti sub-genre. A genre which has already given us one film called Abominable in 2006, a film that some say is the peak of this particular horror genre; yet one that has been mined a myriad of times over the years – to varying degrees of success. From the 50s and The Abominable Snowman to more recent films like 2008’s Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon.

This time round we’re following a research team who are on a journey to obtain a plant (the Yeti plant, groan!!) that can advance medical research by centuries. While stumbling upon clues of the previous expedition, they discover that an ACTUAL Yeti creature lurks within the Himalayan mountains and will do anything to protect its terrain… “Here we go again, another terrible, cheesy Yeti movie”. That’s honestly what I thought as Abominable started. And, for the most part, I was wrong. Yes, Abominable is cheesy and yes, it does feature some less than stellar acting and direction. However this is NOT a terrible film. In fact it’s very much a fitting new entry into the genre. Plus it’s a LOT (and mean a lot) better than director Jamaal Burden’s previous film Elves.

Why Abominable works, for me, is all down to the superb gore effects. And I do mean superb. What the film lacks in acting experience and story it MORE than makes up for in sheer blood and true. People are literally torn limb from limb; jaws are ripped off, heads caved in and more… all against a snow-white backdrop of the Himalayan mountains. The dichotomy of which only adds to the stunning look of this films grisly deaths.

In terms of other effects the titular monster itself isn’t hidden away from the prying eyes of the camera either; we see it clear as day in a LOT of the film. Thank god then that the creature effects are decent – with this Yeti looking like a pissed off reject from a 70s Planet of the Apes movie; only bigger and angrier! It’s a tad cheesy looking but who has anyone ever NOT made a killer Yeti look a bit cheesy – by now it would feel wrong if it actually looked terrifying.

Kept to a swift sub 75-minute runtime, Abominable doesn’t outstay its welcome and doesn’t disappoint. The gory action certainly keeps you coming back for more, even when the story and performances don’t. And a full-on gore-fest is, honestly, something that’s been lacking in a lot of these low-budget direct to market monster movies, so this made a refreshing change.

Abominable is released on DVD and Digital on April 14th, courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment.

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