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Legends of a prehistoric creature, the link between man and beast, send American scientists on an expedition through the Himalayas. Their search for the Yeti leads them on a treacherous path through the mountains as the creature sets brutal traps to halt their pursuit. During a tense showdown deep within a cave, the team is able to capture one of the beasts. When the Yeti is brought to Los Angeles, the enraged monster breaks free from his cage. Striking from the concealment of the sewers, the beast unleashes his fury on the city. Acts of menace and destruction multiply as the police attempt to subdue the creature. Their pursuit leads to a violent confrontation with this bestial ancestor of man.
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They finally find the Yeti, which will make you laugh with his ferocious muttonchop sideburns and afro. Of course they decide to take a cue from every escaped monkey movie ever made and transport him (in a custom made refrigerator!) back to Los Angeles, where he terrorizes the greater Los Angeles sewer system for the last twenty or so minutes of the movie. Returning to his earlier thematic device, Director W. Lee Wilder takes tedium and boldly mixes it with unscariness by featuring, yes, you guessed it, MORE walking around, this time in the sewers. I am curious how much of the 69 minute running time of the film is shots of guys walking around. I thought about re-watching it and timing this, but that would be too insufferable, so I offer this estimate: 55 minutes or so are exciting walking around shots. Comically, the Yeti escapes while it is detained at LAX by an alert INS official (!) who is trying to correctly ascertain his immigration status! If only the INS was so thorough today!
I gave this thing two stars, but it probably deserves about one and a half stars. There are a few amusing campy moments in here, but not enough to make the pain worthwhile.
All in all, I was not overly impressed with it. Not Recommended!
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The film itself is watchable,although having seen it once I'm beggered if I know what the plot is.Something about two scientists,one American,one British,searching for something in the Himalayas and finding instead a yeti.I think.
On the upside the actors/people playing the sherpas do at least look like they or their ancestors come from somewhere in the general region.Like China, for example.There is also a good deal of location shooting,although more likely in the Sierra Nevadas than the Himalayas, with a fair bit of real snow scattered about.On the down side our first real sight of the yeti is what appears to be a large fur glove sticking out of a pile of cardboard rocks.
It was directed by Billy Wilder's brother and,although Billy seems to have got the lion's share of the talent,it does show some ability and,through its extensive use of location shots,some originality.