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31 Days of Horror: Abominable (2006)

31 Days of Horror - October 2011

They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge, so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy!

Synopsis

Months after a tragic climbing accident took away Preston Rogers’ (Matt McCoy) wife and his ability to walk he returns to the cabin near the scene of the incident. When a bevy of bouncy beauties take up residence in the cabin next door Preston understandably takes up a pair of binoculars, but when he witnesses a monstrous assault will anyone believe him? Or will they just think he’s a perverted Alfred Hitchcock fan with a Bigfoot fetish…

Killer Scene

Bigfoot has chased Rogers and one of the girls onto a high deck forcing them to rappel over the side. The creature takes hold of her rope though and pulls her up for a sniff. Her salvation comes from an unlikely source though as the prickish male nurse, Otis (Christien Tinsley), appears behind the beast, says “Hey, ass monkey. Eat this!” and then slams an ax into Bigfoot’s back. Unfortunately for Otis the wound is minor, and the beast opens its jaws extra wide and bites off the front of the poor guy’s face.

Abominable

Kill Sheet

Sex

1.5 Skulls Out of 5

You’d think a cabin filled with five nubile ladies in a horror film would offer up a lot of skin, but that’s not the case. Luckily, one of the girls gets all sticky with wine and slips off to take a shower. It doesn’t end well for her, but viewers will appreciate her dedication to stripping down with the blinds open.

Violence

2.5 Skulls Out of 5

The first few kills, including a horse, a dog and a blonde, are offscreen affairs, but once the film gets rolling the blood becomes a little more visible and frequent. We see a woman with her gut tore open, a naked lady pulled the wrong way through a small window, a hairy bitch slap and more. The bloody highlight is previewed above.

Scares

1.5 Skulls Out of 5

This may come as a surprise, but Sasquatch is a stealth killer. You may smell him coming, but you apparently won’t see or hear him. Because of this the film has more than a few jump scares where Bigfoot comes barreling into frame and grabs some unsuspecting victim.

Final Thoughts

Abominable isn’t a great movie by any stretch, but writer/director Ryan Schifrin has done a fantastic job ensuring that it’s an incredibly entertaining watch. This isn’t a case of so-bad-it’s-good either. It helps that the cast is having fun too from the cameos by Jeffrey Combs, Paul Gleason and Lance Henriksen to leading man McCoy whose dry delivery of dialogue spoken to himself is consistently funny. There’s a loose, casual atmosphere about it between the script, performances and score, and it’s great seeing a movie that doesn’t feel compelled to hide its creature in every shot.

On the downside the film would have benefited from more of the red stuff. Otis’ death is the closest we get to worthwhile gore while the rest of the kills cut away too soon. And while it’s good to see a lot of the monster’s toothy and blood-covered maw it’s hard to not think of Jack Elam each time too. (That and the Bigfoot costume lacks any degree of neck movement.) Still, this is probably the last truly entertaining Bigfoot-related horror film and the first since Legend of Boggy Creek, and it’s definitely worth a watch.

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Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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