Why hasn’t the myth of Bigfoot been capitalized upon more within horror? I mean its all there! A groovy “could be real” Legend, an imposing creature and a low budget friendly setting (the woods). You would think that there would all kinds of Bigfoot fear flicks coming out a year! Personally, I can’t remember the first time or the last time that I saw a horror film that showed off our big toed friend doing the human laundry. With that, say hello to
Writer-director Ryan Schifrin’s ABOMINABLE was a horror movie obviously created by a true horror movie fan and that jive shined through the picture; hence giving it a special kind of charm. From its well structured and endearing REAR WINDOW like narrative line, to its slew of retina friendly scantily clad babes, to its sly film references (dug the JAWS and the GREMLINS one) and to its bleak and ably exploited eerie setting, this was one was put out with horror love in its pocket. You rarely can go wrong with that! The sweet cast also lent credibility to my claim with genre favs: "The Combs", Dee Wallace Stone and “The Henriksen” popping up in this play-pen. I was mucho pleased to see them kick it! Henriksen’s cameo in particular stayed with me as he delivered a hilarious joke/monologue in a natural manner that only “The Henriksen” can. I f*cking love that guy!
Horror wise, Schifrin played the right "tease" card by solely showing glimpses of the creatures through the first two acts, therefore getting me intrigued and frightened. When he let her all rip for the last block via a full reveal and all kinds of carnage, the saying "good things come to those who wait" came to mind. Yup, when this Yeti got cracking, he REALLY put his cold heart into it and I respected that on levels that only my shrink (whom I killed last week) understands! Think a hairy Jason Voorhees circa Part 7! Peeps were bent backwards, dragged to their doom, stomped to death and one poor schlep even got his face chewed clean off (NICE!). Big props to the special effects crew for the slick creature design and tight graphic gore. No CGI here kids; we’re talking duder in a suit with animatronics to make the beast’s face look pretty damn mean. It worked for me! I believed in the monster and his warped personality (he loves killing)! Stomp on top of all that some genuinely chilling moments (red eyes lighting up in the dark…brrr), a pinch of circumstantial humor, some well oiled suspense and a gnarly ending that carved a smile on my face and you get an old school type of ditty that aimed to put out the goods within a quality package and delivered, even with low coin in tow.
On the smelly side of the big foot, I so needed to know more about the female group to give half of a half of a shite about them. There’s bad characterization and then there’s ZERO characterization, the gals here fell in the latter group. I really didn’t care for a blink about the dames which in turn lessened the tension factor of the film when it came to them. I actually had trouble figuring out who was who in places! Then there was the minor lagging during the first two acts somewhat nagging at me as well. To be honest, that didn’t bother me too much as I dig on slow burn but it needed to be said. Lastly the film did insult my low IQ a few times via taking contrived paths to serve its story. One example: The last thing I would do after realizing that my friend was violently kidnapped…is turn on uber loud music in my pad…COME ON! WORK WITH ME HERE!
On the whole ABOMINABLE was a mostly solid low budget ditty that pushed all of my right buttons; it scared me, made me laugh, enthralled me and back fisted me with its potent gory bits. The Foot lives again!