What is it all about?
For everyone that moaned about the lack of “Bigfoot!” in the brilliant Willow Creek, this film is for you. Bigfoot is hungry and feeling murderous and only the wheelchair bound Matt McCoy can save everyone!….
The Hughes Verdict!
Being re-released on DVD, Abominable is every bit the Bigfoot movie you want. Its gloriously bad at times but wonderfully entertaining, but be warned. As this is out now in all good Stores, this is not a brand new film. Made in 2006 but actually feels and looks a lot older than that, Abominable has resurfaced thanks to the likes of Willow Creek and the upcoming Exists film, which because of its Blair Witch connection, is eagerly awaited.
Eduardo Sanchez will have to come up with something special though for that film, because Abominable has a massive cult fan base and after watching this for the first time today, I can see why! For a start this is not a bit scary so anyone looking for some serious chills will need to look for something else. This is a glorious reminder of when Horror never took itself seriously and tongue was firmly in cheek. I personally loved this movie and chuckled at the corny lines that were sprinkled through out.
What basically plays like a Hitchcock style Rear Window thriller, here we see Matt McCoy in a wheelchair, staring out and seeing nothing but carnage and death around him. Its stupid at times but it has the knowledge that it is what it is and just enjoy. McCoy who everyone remembers as the guy who took over from Mahoney in the Police Academy movies, plays Preston Rodgers who is stuck in that chair after a rock climbing gig with the wife went horribly wrong. The lovely titled mountain “Suicide Rock” saw his wife plunge to her death while he survived but never able to walk again. Now six months later his doctors think it would be helpful to him if he went back to that place and fight his fears. Accompanied by the thick nurse Ortis (Christen Tinsely), he ends up in this cabin, right next to another one which just happens to have a bunch of pretty teenage girls partying for the weekend.
With a pair of Binoculars and a pack of tissues (only kidding) Rodgers begins to suspect that there is something quite hairy in the woods and its not happy, but sadly no one else believes him, that is of course until its too late…….. damn you non believers…..DAMN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We know its Bigfoot because of the true slash opening shot where Dee Wallace Stone.…yes E.T’s mum and Critters fame, witnesses her dog being butchered and finds real big footprints in the snow. If your horror cult juices are flowing because Stone makes an appearance in this, then hold on to your horror hat because also Lance Henrikson and Jeffrey Combs also turn up…..and any film with the Re-Animator in is worth the watch alone.
“YAWWWWWWNNNNNNNNnnn did someone mention Willow Creek?”………….
Most of the action is centred around Rodgers though, as Bigfoot picks off the girls one by one and all Rodgers can do is try to convince his dumb nurse (who always looks away when bigfoot turns up) to phone the police. All this plays with a wonderful score from the legend that is Lalo Schifrin who was the musical touch behind the likes of Dirty Harry which adds another top notch of quality to Abominable’s CV. How did such a low quality film get someone like this on board? Well it helps that his son Ryan wrote and directed this flick. Its called keeping it in the family!
I am not going to say that this is a masterpiece of horror because its far from it. Its so ridiculous at times that you can not help but shake your head. But I loved every moment of this underrated monster slash flick. Take the creature for instance! Such a stupid creation at times but somehow it clearly works and it reminds you of the good old days before CGI became everything.
Also the movie is littered with funny moments. “We gonna need a bigger knife” is an obvious JAWS riff, and when Rodgers sits down and tells of how his wife died, you can not help but laugh….OK! maybe that bit wasn’t supposed to be funny but how can you not giggle when they call the Mountain Suicide Rock? I also loved the “Ass Monkey” line and the scene where the girl asks Rodgers a question and he replies so deadpan “How the fuck do I know!”……
Abominable is one of the best bigfoot movies I have ever seen. Its so gloriously dumb that the time just flew by and while there is not enough blood to appease the gorehounds and perhaps the new generation will turn their nose up to what is on offer here. For the old brigade like myself, its a reminder of horror before the remakes, gore-porn and endless found footage.
With an ending that clearly screams “You fucked now!” Abominable is a rightly rich cult film and if our Matt can give such crap like Sharkando a big rating…..then I am going to follow suit……because Abominable is not a great film, but its all the better for it!