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Snowbeast (1977)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 28 April 1977
A Colorado ski resort is besieged by a sub-human beast that commits brutal murders on the slopes.

Director:

Herb Wallerstein

Writer:

Joseph Stefano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Svenson ... Gar Seberg
Yvette Mimieux ... Ellen Seberg
Robert Logan ... Tony Rill
Clint Walker ... Sheriff Paraday
Sylvia Sidney ... Carrie Rill
Thomas Babson ... Buster (as Thomas W. Babson)
Jacquie Botts Jacquie Botts ... Betty Jo
Kathy Christopher Kathy Christopher ... Jennifer
Jamie Jamison Jamie Jamison ... John Cochran
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ... Ben Cochran
Liz Jury Liz Jury ... Mrs. Blodgett
Richard Jury Richard Jury ... Charlie Braintree (as Ric Jury)
Rob McClung Rob McClung ... Deputy #2
Annie McEnroe ... Heidi (as Anne McEncroe)
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Deputy Holt
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Storyline

In this made for TV film, an enormous and angry bigfoot creature begins to terrorize a Colorado Ski Resort during a winter carnival, by eating several skiers. At first everyone insists it is just a bear, until ski patrolman Tony Rill sees a white shadowy beastly shape disappearing into the woods. Although Tony's grandmother Mrs. Carrie Rill, who owns the Ski Resort and the town sheriff, Sheriff Paraday disagree, it soon becomes clear when the creature finally attacks the town. Written by Anonymous

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An unknown terror stalks a ski resort! See more »

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Horror

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snowbeast See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While shooting on location in the Colorado mountains the temperatures would rarely rise above five degrees during the day and would drop well below zero during the evening. In fact while shooting the scene where Gar and Tony talk in the hot tub the actors wet hair would actually start to freeze during filming. See more »

Goofs

The first close shot of the camper after it had been rolled onto its side shows the icicles hanging straight down, in the new direction of down, instead of sideways, consistent with the previous direction of down, indicating that between the two sequential shots, the camper had laid on its side at least overnight. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Paraday: I understand she was a guest at your ski lodge. I was hoping you could help me idenify her.
Tony Rill: I must have seen her somewhere. Maybe I will recognize her when I see her face.
Sheriff Paraday: She does not have one.
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Alternate Versions

The National Broadcasting Company decided it would be a little violent to have a skier fall from the ski lift and break a leg and then become a victim to the Snowbeast. In this scene, it was where the Winter Games took place. Writer Joseph Stefano and director Herb Wallerstien changed the scene to have the Snowbeast attack the town's gymnasium were they are holding a skiing contest for the snow champions. The fall from ski lift scene appears in some other versions of this film. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Some chuckles to be had.
15 May 2019 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Yet another in the long, long line of "Jaws"-inspired movies, 'Snowbeast' is hardly what one would call a "good" movie. It's far more funny than scary, with the director, Herb Wallerstein, seemingly incapable of creating tension. But, at least as an artifact from the age when the made for TV horror movie reigned supreme, it ranks as entertaining cheese.

The monster, a Yeti, is terrorizing a ski resort, and Sylvia Sidney plays the old lady running the show. She tries to downplay the presence of the monster, because of course, that resort *needs* that revenue from the current winter carnival. Her grandson, Robert Logan from the "Wilderness Family" series, heads out to save the day, in the company of former star skier Bo Svenson, Bo's wife Yvette Mimieux (a reporter), and sheriff Clint Walker.

Only bits and pieces of the monster are shown. Sometimes we see the face on the tacky costume, but we never do see the thing in all its glory. Perhaps the company couldn't even afford a full-body suit. For the most part, 'Snowbeast' consists of gorgeous wintry scenery, lots of skiing sequences in order to pad that running time, and uninteresting byplay between the principal actors.

The whole thing is played quite straight, although Bo is often to be seen with a smile on his face; he, at least, looks amused to be performing in this thing. Mimieux is quite appealing (they both are, actually), Walker is okay, and old pro Sidney does her best as a slightly more reasonable Mayor Vaughn type character. (She realizes her mistake sooner than you'd think.) But Logans' performance is simply lousy at times. It doesn't help that the script (by Joseph Stefano, the man who adapted "Psycho") is not so hot.

There's one element that was of real amusement to this viewer: a recurring theme of characters taking off and leaving their friends behind, to face the wrath of the monster!

Five out of 10.


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