Yeti: Maneater Series
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Whoa, this has got to be the worst modern film I've seen. It certainly has some positive aspects -- the mountainous British Columbia locations, the actors, the serious vibe (everyone plays it straight and the melodramatic soundtrack backs 'em up), heck, even the Yeti costume isn't all that bad when not overexposed -- but other than these factors this film is truly godawful, so gloriously BAD you have to see it to believe it, so BAD I literally felt sorry for the actors who, again, were all giving it their best shot of seriousness.
Is it so bad it's funny? YES! I was laughing my butt off through every supposedly horrifying, dramatic and horrible-cgi scene (take note -- the CGI work is some of the worst I've ever seen). So, the film's definitely worthwhile as a so-bad-it's-funny piece. This is the only reason I can think anyone would actually be willing to buy it on dvd.
Keep in mind that I'm a very generous reviewer and have the ability to look beyond production deficiencies and glean any goodness from the heart of a film. Take for instance 2005's "Sasquatch Hunters" which, like "Yeti," is a made-for-tv grade-B Bigfoot flick. That movie is worthwhile for this type of film as detailed in my long review. The same can be said for "Abominable" and "Sasquatch Mountain" (the latter being the best of the batch).
Not so with "Yeti." This is a modern-day "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Don't trust any of the supposed 5/5 Star reviews; they're being sarcastic.
You have been warned.
For starters, the scene portrayed on the cover isn't even remotely related to anything in the movie. The Yeti is played by a guy in a horrible white suit that looks like the fx team had about $4.50 and 20 minutes of time to pull together. It's about 5'6", but claimed to be over 9 feet tall?! In other scenes, it looks like the fx crew ripped off scenes from a bad video game. The cgi most closely resembles a really rough rough cut of a proposed Donkey Kong/Resident Evil crossover. I was too stunned to laugh or cry.
The actors are equally bad. Supposed to be a football team from "State College", these small, whiny losers look like they're more at home at that place where only D-movie actor-wannabes hang out. Thankfully, I have no idea where that place is. It's not even fun trying to figure out who dies next. I kept hoping they'd all die at once and that the cgi Yet-zombie thing would dance around for the remainder of the movie like the Ogga-Chakka baby. No dice.
Do yourself a favor and spend your money on something less painful like letting that bratty kid down the block smack you in the kneecap with a sledge hammer for a half hour or so. You'll thank me in the end.
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.Read more ›
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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
"Not this time Chewbacca, enough's enough," our protagonist Peyton says, before flinging himself and a yeti off a cliff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Another sci/fi channel masterpiece. Purchased at Wal-Mart for the princely sum of nine dollars I have loved these types of B movies since I was a kid in the fifties.Published 13 months ago by Gary Gilfoy