Snowbeast (1977)

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A Colorado ski resort is besieged by a sub-human beast that commits brutal murders on the slopes.


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26 November 2018 | azathothpwiggins
| "It Wasn't An Animal, And It Wasn't Human Either!"...
SNOWBEAST is about the Rill Ski Lodge, its 50th anniversary celebration, and the huge, hairy monster that wrecks it all.

The wanton slaughter starts right away, leaving unwary skiers slumped on the slopes. Of course, lodge owner, Carrie Rill (Sylvia Sidney) won't entertain the idea of closing the place down. After all, what are a few deaths, when a winter carnival is at stake?

Enter Gar and Ellen Seberg (Bo Svenson and Yvette Mimieux). He's an 8 foot tall man in need of a job and a confidence boost, and she's his long-suffering wife. Can they put their soap opera marriage on hold long enough for Gar to help track the creature? When 9 foot tall Sheriff Paraday (Clint Walker) gets involved, it takes a while to convince him, and then the hunt is on.

As made-for-TV, killer Bigfoot movies go, this one's not too bad. It's also fairly talky, and has several lengthy shots of people just skiing along, like they're in a travelogue.

THE BEST PARTS ARE: #1- When the beast attacks the lodge, ruining the night for the winter carnival queen! #2- The monster's assault on the sheriff's camper! The yowling yeti unleashes an avalanche of -conveniently placed- logs that defy physics and all logic, by hopping into the camper sideways!

A frigid feast of furry fun!...

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While shooting on location in the Colorado mountains, the temperatures would rarely rise above five degrees during the day and would drop well below zero during the evening. In fact, while shooting the scene where Gar and Tony talk in the hot tub the actors' wet hair would actually start to freeze during filming.


Ellen Seberg: Gar!
Gar Seberg: Ellen!
Ellen Seberg: I'm proud of you! I'm sorry I let it get so far apart!
Gar Seberg: Well we both kinda let that happen!
Ellen Seberg: I should of been there when you needed me all these years!
Gar Seberg: You kinda were!
Ellen Seberg: I was?
Gar Seberg: Sure! If you hadn't got lost I'd would of had never had a good reason ...


There doesn't appear to be a fireplace or pit in the barn that Gar and Ellen take refuge in for the night. They appear to burn wood on the open dirt floor for warmth. Exterior shots of the barn show no chimney nor any smoke that should be visible coming from the many cracks in the walls and probably from possible holes in the roof. Revealing that there is actually nothing burning inside this barn at anytime and the camp fire scenes are on a controlled stage set.

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The National Broadcasting Company decided it would be a little violent to have a skier fall from the ski lift and break a leg and then become a victim to the Snowbeast. In this scene, it was where the Winter Games took place. Writer Joseph Stefano and director Herb Wallerstien changed the scene to have the Snowbeast attack the town's gymnasium were they are holding a skiing contest for the snow champions. The fall from ski lift scene appears in some other versions of this film.

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