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For me it is sad to see that most people found 'Snowbeast' to be boring and trivial. I say this because I have enjoyed watching this admittedly tame TV creature-feature with my daughter for the past 15 years. I introduced it to her on Video, having recalled seeing it as a TV movie when it was first released in 1977.
Yes, 'Snowbeast' promises more than it delivers, but I was able to feel OK when allowing my youngsters to watch this rather tame creature-feature which kept their interest without giving them nightmares.
IN A NUTSHELL: SNOWBEAST MAY BE A JAW'S RIP-OFF BUT JOE STEFANO IS AN EXCELLENT SCREENWRITER
One of the reasons that I wanted to see 'Snowbeast' when it was first on TV, nearly 30 years ago, was that the screenwriter, Joe Stefano, was the screenwriter for the original 'Psycho', directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and many of my favorite 'Outer Limit's' episodes. He always gives a good account of himself by forcing the viewer to use his/her imagination to enrich the experience. This works for me, but clearly the expectation of many creature-feature fans is for more explicit action and a more original plot. I do agree about the originality of the plot, but as for a more explicit tone, I think that sometimes less is better. This can of course be seen by some as promising more than is delivered. It is interesting to note that the film 'Tremors' which has been very well recieved, is even more of a rip-off of 'Jaws' than 'Snowbeast', yet it is a well-crafted film which includes quite a bit of gory horror.Read more ›
The story, about a Bigfoot like snow monster was played as "Jaws" in the snow. At the age of 11 this movie was silly,but very cool and even scary at times. With fond memories I bought this one and sat down to get lost in it again one Friday night. Well I'm not 11 anymore and most of the scares are very lame now, but i still felt some magic as this piece of cheese unfolded in front of me. The actors try hard to give this "chiller"(snow, chiller get it!) some life and sometimes in spite of it's self it works.
Not for all taste to be sure, but if you are old enough to remember it, some small amount of fun can be had watching it, I recommend a snowy Friday night at about 12:00 o'clock
While most of the scares are conceptual (an approach sadly discarded to the detriment of newer offerings, such as the terrible Yeti: Maneater Series, and the completely atrocious Snow Beast (2011)), and it's not entirely original in scope (It is in fact a near exact re-telling of Jaws (Widescreen Anniversary Collector's Edition) (1975), which makes for simple and effective storytelling, and is especially satisfying if, like myself, you'd have preferred if Jaws were a pernicious Yeti), the film is nevertheless a substantial and well balanced effort; expertly scripted by Joseph Stefano, whose screenwriting credits include no less than Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1960), and deftly directed by veteran television director Herb Wallerstein, whose vast resume includes directing episodes of Star Trek (the original series), The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, and Gunsmoke, amongst others. The acting as well is beyond reproach, which places Snowbeast at the top of the genre canon.Read more ›
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It was alright. You won't be wow'd by it, but it isn't like you are going to watch 15 minutes and switch to something else. Read morePublished 20 days ago by D. U.
Just as I remembered it when I first saw it all those years ago...classic :)Published 1 month ago by Dave B.
if I could give it less than 1 star I would. Wow got fooled in to this one by the bad reviews. 1970 move with a 2013 date. just so bad.Published 2 months ago by Joe L.
Very kitch and the acting isn't great but still scares the crud out of me each time I watch it!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this one and didnt think I would. Not much gore or violence but a good story with lots of nostalgia, good snowday beer flik.Published 4 months ago by F. J. E.
Entertaining and suspenseful movie. The scenes with the "snow beast" are done from its perspective, so you only see how it looks for a brief moment. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer