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ABOMINABLE (2019)

Directed by Jamaal Burden
Written by Joseph “J.D.” Ellis
Starring Katrina Mattson, Amy Gordon, Robert Berlin, Justin Prince Moy, Joseph “J.D.” Ellis, Brnadon Grimes, Magdalin Smus, John Carlssun, Liz Congo, Deanna Grace Congo, Viktir Ackeev, and Timothy Schultz as the Yeti!

I’m not going to say ABOMINABLE is the best Yeti film out there. I’ve seen more than my fair share of Bigfoot films, and I’ve definitely seen worse ones than ABOMINABLE. Not high praise, I know, but given the fact that most Bigfoot films are utter trash, it comes as quite the compliment for this one.

A team of soldiers and scientists make their way into some kind of arctic terrain in order to find an elusive Yeti plant which is said to have healing powers. Wouldn’t you know it, the Yeti plant is protected by an actual Yeti and soon the white-furred Sasquatchonian is ripping arms, faces, and other body parts off and taking names.

Jamaal Burden gives off a low budget PREDATOR meets THE THING vibe with ABOMINABLE as a battle-experienced crew of heavily armed dudes and dudettes trudge through snowy terrain and try to play keep away with a creature that blends into the environment. The momentum of the film keeps chugging along from the very beginning and rarely relaxes more than a minute or two before the monster is clawing and shredding through someone. While most Bigfoot films waste time with subplots, this one is singular in its thematics—giving us an action heavy monster on the loose film with lots of monsters ripping loose lots of people parts.

The gore is surprisingly well done here. Extreme closeups capture just enough of the gore to make it gruesome as arms are twisted off leaving veiny strands of connective tissue dangling. There’s also a torn out jaw that’s impressively accomplished. On top of that, the Yeti suit is pretty effective. While the face looks more like a mask and lacks a whole lot of articulation, the furry body of the monster really looks great, especially against the snow-covered environment. Burden smartly doesn’t linger too much on the monster—obscuring him with the thick trees and quick cuts that only show parts of the beast in terrifying action. Of course, the more we see of the monster, the less convincing it is, but Burden seems to understand the less is more theory and applies it for most of the film.

ABOMINIBLE tries to over-complicate things with some wonky sci fi twist where the scientists have happened upon a temporal anomaly zone that connects the past with the present—which is how this Yeti exists. I could have done without that detail as this one works just fine as a monster rampage flick. I also found it annoying that everyone kept getting snow in the barrel of their guns/ Don’t they know how dangerous that is? The acting is amateur, but again, there are definitely worse Bigfoot films out there. ABOMINABLE is probably going to only impress Bigfoot fanatics like me. High cinema, this is not. Still, it’s gory, the setting is taken advantage of in a good way, and the Yeti suit looks great. That’s really all you need for a good Bigfoot film and ABOMINABLE’s got it all.