Yeti: Maneater Series
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A college football team must find a way to survive after their plane crashes on a remote mountain during a blizzard. What starts as a battle against the elements becomes a desperate struggle to escape when they discover an ancient creature with a ravenous appetite for fresh meat. Will they survive the sub-zero temperatures, only to be eaten by the snow beast that hunts them down?
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Really, you must know the sort of film you are getting when you buy this. It's basic budget horror which doesn't do anything original but rather provides adequate entertainment value. At least there is a coherent story which progresses quite well and provides a satisfactory ending. These 'Maneater Series' films are actually better than a lot of other cheapie horror films that you can buy, even if they are getting a bit dated now (this one is a 2007 film which I'm only watching in 2017).
What I find a bit strange is the content - you don't get any sex or much swearing but you do get lots of blood, limb rending, skull splitting and other inventive ways for the yeti to kill you. This one also deals with cannibalism which I felt was a big mistake in a film which is so lightweight. It's a serious and distasteful subject that didn't get the sensitivity required (if this subject can ever be handled sensitively). Certainly not the type of movie you would get for the kids to watch.
If you like bigfoot horror movies and are prepared to overlook some of the film's shortcomings this one may be OK for you.
This is a movie that cannot be taken TOO seriously. It gives the term "tongue-in-cheek" a different twist when the survivors
join the Yeti in competition to see WHO can eat the corpses FIRST.
NOT a laugh-fest... it IS, literally, a "Man-eater" feature.
NOT for the kiddies!
This is a low maintenance horror flick with terrible FX. The makeup/mask on the Yeti made me cringe. Worse. The CGI version of the same had the Yeti hopping around like bunnies! It was impossible not to laugh in spite of their attempt to play it serious throughout. It is a mess. But it did hold my interest (if for nothing else than to see the Yeti pick off the rest of the cast). So I will say it did amuse me, even though it wasn't meant to. And I will probably watch it again someday when I need a good laugh.
While over the Himalayas, the plane (the filmmakers can't decide if it's a 737, 747, or business jet, but I won't nitpick) encounters a storm and crashes. Suffice it to say that the CGI 747, storm, and plane crash are unbelievably unrealistic for a film made in 2008. Even worse, the whiny cast is so annoying that you may, like me, be hoping the Himalayan Yetis defeat The State College Grizzlies in the Bigfoot Bowl. Not only can't the cast act, but they really don't have much to work with: the script is the only thing worse than the CGI.
After the crash, the cast looks around for food in everyone's backpacks and pockets, but it never even dawns on them to look in the galley before the cannibalism subplot emerges. (A football team stuck in the mountains resorting to cannibalism? Now there's an original idea....) After the coach says something motivating to the handsome quarterback and promptly dies, the cast turns on each other despite the obvious menace that keeps raiding the camp for bodies. The Yeti is very angry, and not only runs, but hops and jumps (you have to see this CGI to believe it) in a menacing way, all the while looking like a cross between Chewbacca with mange, the Cowardly Lion with head lice, and Robert Z'Dar after being in an autoclave. (These filmmakers only wish they had someone of Z'Dar's talent.)
The cast goes hunting for rabbit with a piece of luggage and a stick, but it's the pretty girl who saves the day and brings home the hasenpfeffer in another wholly credible scene. While the main cast is dabbling in cannibalism and honing their survival skills, there are two parallel plots about a brave second-string player in search of the plane's radio who evades the lightning-fast Yeti for five days with two broken legs (!), and a couple of people from the Yeti patrol (or some such nonsense) who are hiking across the mountains to rescue the crash survivors. Their hike through the Himalayas looks more like an outing at Park City, Utah with glorious sunshine and a shallow base of powdery snow. The three disparate elements finally unify, although in the process they validate the old Himalayan adage "Never let the blowhard jock have the flare gun."
As the cast converges, they are presented with a quandary: the Yeti has kidnapped the quarterback's girlfriend. Should they look for her or not? Of course they do, and they find her in a cave asleep and spooning with the Yeti. Their plan to rescue her defies belief, and involves digging a deep trench outside the cave in sheer rock, in absolute silence, placing spears in the bottom for the Yeti to fall on, subsequently causing an avalanche to bury the Yeti, but not them. Stunningly, this seems to work, although be prepared for multiple tedious false endings. In the end the football star uses his gridiron skills and tackles the Yeti into submission, taking him out of bounds and off a cliff with an assist from the rabbit slayer. Oh, and the two principals fall in love. Obviously.
This movie is one of the most predictable of all films, and would have been an excellent episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000." It does have good camp value, and is well worth laughing at if you can endure the annoying cast. It has zero value as a "serious" monster movie. It is unscary and ridiculous at every turn. The DVD has a trailer, but no other extras, but it is extremely annoying in that it features a long set of previews that you cannot skip at the beginning of the film. As real entertainment this film scores nil, as a film to mock it is off the chart, so I was tempted to average it out and give it three stars, but the previews and irritating cast took it down to two.
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Hilariously bad, but not in a good way. The foolishness started when we learn that the football team is flying over the Himalayas while en route to a game...Read more