‘It wasn’t supposed to exist’
Abominable is a 2019 American horror feature film about a research team that discovers the Himalayan Yeti is real.
A research team embarks on a journey to obtain a plant that can advance medical research by centuries. While stumbling upon clues of the previous expedition, they discover that a Yeti creature lurks within the Himalayan mountains and will do anything to protect its terrain…
The most obvious observation about this movie is its title being massively unimaginative. It can’t have escaped the filmmakers’ notice that there was also a multi-million dollar animated Disney comedy film of the same name released in 2019. And another horror entry from 2006 also called just Abominable – which at least featured some genre veterans.
So, did they think to differentiate their production by adding a word or two to Abominable? Say, call it Yeti’s Bloodlust or something more distinctive? Hell no, just keep it simple and therefore almost likely no-one will discover it.
Jamaal Burden previously directed Elves (2018), a cheapjack flick that was almost universally – and rightly – reviled by reviewers. So, expectations for Abominable were not high, to say the least. However, despite an over-abundance of silly technobabble early on and a general lack of directorial or editing flourishes, this is a passable time-waster.
Some agreeably gory killings by Joe Castro are welcome and the yeti costume is at least better than in abominations such as Mark Polonia‘s insultingly threadbare Frozen Sasquatch (2018). Better still, the movie runs a mere 72 minutes which means there is no filler and we can all move on swiftly to something a tad more palatable. Yeti from 2008 is a better option but this abominable snowman is at least worth a shivery look and laugh if you are desperate.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA
PS. Abominable has been very obviously upvoted on IMDb so ignore its fake rating there.
“Kept to a swift sub 75-minute runtime, Abominable doesn’t out stay its welcome and doesn’t disappoint. The gory action certainly keeps you coming back for more, even when the story and performances don’t.” Nerdly
“Kudos to them for finally putting out the cash for some solid effects, that is a major step up. But the script for Abominable lives up to its name. It’s filled with jaw-dropping stupidity and cliches. That includes the guy who’s only there to prove he’s the ultimate Alpha Male by killing a Yeti. The dialogue he spouts had me howling in laughter, which I doubt was the intent.” Voices from the Balcony
Abominable is released on DVD and Digital by Uncork’d Entertainment on April 14, 2020.