Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Abominable" review

Abominable (2006)

Directed by Ryan Schifrin
Writing credits James Morrison Ryan Schifrin

Matt McCoy .... Preston Rogers
Haley Joel .... Amanda
Christien Tinsley .... Otis Wilhelm
Lance Henriksen .... Ziegler Dane
Jeffrey Combs .... Buddy, the Clerk
Dee Wallace-Stone .... Ethel Hoss
Ashley Hartman .... Karen Herdberger
Tiffany Shepis .... Tracy

My brother and I watched “Abominable” the other day as part of a triple B-movie marathon. It didn’t start off as a triple feature. Eventually, it just kind of evolved into one. That’s what happens when you rent five movies and are not that sleepy. You’ve just got to keep the party going. My brother looked at me after every movie and said, “Are you going to go to sleep or you got one more in you?” I was game. After seven or so beers, so was he. “Abominable” was preceded by “Feast” and then followed by “Motor Home Massacre”.

As we settled into the couch for the second movie of our triple feature, we were ready for some more monster mayhem. “Feast” just rocked the house and we hoped the Abominable Snowman would continue the party. While “Abominable” is not as insane a B-movie as “Feast" was, it was entertaining in its own way.

“Abominable” is about an Abominable Snowman and the hapless losers he decides to eat. A guy in a wheelchair gets sent up to a mountain cabin to get some peace and quiet. You know his trip is not going to result in anything peaceful. We know this because the movie is called “Abominable” and there’s a big snarling monster on the cover. While he stares out his Rear Window, he notices a big hairy guy checking out the hot college girls who have moved into a cabin across the road. Soon the girls will run for their lives as our wheelchair bound hero continues to shamelessly rip-off “Rear Window” next door.

“Abominable” was an OK B-flick. It had some good bloody monster scenes and Tiffany Shepis taking a shower. So that’s good. But I have to wonder why the filmmakers decided to rip-off “Rear Window” as hard as they did. Did they think that an Abominable Snowman movie needed some Hitchcock references to be successful? Personally, I think they should have just concentrated on the girls next door and had the snowman jump into the hot tub with them. Come to think of it, there wasn’t a hot tub scene. I’m already remembering a better movie.

One last thing, once again I must praise Tiffany Shepis.I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Shepis flick where she did not get naked. “Abominable” is no exception. All of the other girls kept their clothes on but Tiffany stepped up and stripped down for all the B-movie fans out there. *SPOILER* She also had the best death in the movie. It involved a shower, a bathroom window and a very impatient snowman. *END SPOILER* Tiffany delivers again. Got to love it.

SCORE: 2 out of 4 hungry snowmen

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