Botanist Frank Parrish leads an expedition to the Himalayas to seek out new flora, accompanied by hardboiled news photographer Peter Wells.
When their lead guide, Subra, learns his wife has been kidnapped by a Yeti, Parrish disbelieves him, so the sherpas commandeer the expedition at gunpoint and turn it into a search-and-rescue party. To Parrish's surprise, they discover a whole family of Yetis in a cave, and are able to subdue the male and carry it back to civilization, to ship to the USA for study.
Subra is forgiven his acts because he was right after all. Wells, meanwhile, phones in the story and Parrish finds his discovery - shipped upright in a meat cooler to maintain its natural environment - detained in the US because Wells' story refers to it as a snowMAN, and a decision must be made whether this is a customs or immigration matter.
During this bureaucratic snafu, the creature escapes its containers and disappears into Los Angeles, mysteriously appearing in different parts of the city. Parrish teams up with police Lt. Dunbar to find the creature, which kills anyone who stands in his way...
Paul Langton ... Dr. Frank Parrish
Leslie Denison ... Peter Wells
Teru Shimada ... Subra
Rollin Moriyama ... Leva
Robert Kino ... Insp. Karma
Robert Hinton ... Airline Manager
Darlene Fields ... Joyce Parrish
George Douglas ... Corey Jr.
I debated with myself on whether I would make this horrendous film available on torrent. In the end I decided that there may be enough warped people out there to appreciate this totally ridiculous film.
This film lacks just about everything. A good story, a cool monster, a decent actor--all are absent from this baby! It is really a test of endurance to see if you can get through it. It is a prime example of how NOT to make a film!
The special effects are so terrible that the cornball director used the same exact shot of the monster over and over and over again. The Yeti is so ridiculous that every time you see it come on the screen you just can't help cracking up.
The movie is best viewed in the same condition the Yeti was kept as he was transported down the mountain from his icy lair - upside down and in a semi conscious state.
However, the film does offer certain rewards to patient viewers. The black & white photography is much better than one would expect, particularly the clever use of light and shadow during the film's second half. The use of the soundtrack shows imagination also.
Campy and unintentionally funny film thats worth a look for bad movie fans who won't be disappointed and may even get a few good laughs out of it.
Warning: View at your own risk!
* Factual errors: Although the action is supposed to take place in the Himalayas, the guide, porters, and police official are all speaking Japanese.