It’s pretty tough to find a good Bigfoot horror film these days, and whenever one really good title for the subgenre comes along, you have to hold on to it and appreciate it. Ryan Schifrin’s “Abominable” is a fantastic entry in to the sub-genre that takes Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” injects a little lunacy, and rather than Raymond Burr, we have a hairy, vicious, super strong abominable snowman terrorizing a group of girls. While on paper that sounds like the formula for a potentially silly movie, “Abominable” is stellar. It’s creepy, darkly funny, gory, and has one of the best final scenes I’ve ever seen in a horror movie, barnone.
Matt McCoy is Preston Rogers, a sports man who experiences a horrific accident that renders him a paraplegic. When he moves back in to a remote cabin where he and his deceased wife once lived, he notices a party across from his house where a group of women are gathering. Much to his horror a large abominable snow man has crashed their festivities and now Preston decides it’s up to him to save them before they’re slaughtered by the fierce monster. What helps “Abominable” work is the feeling of desolation. The protagonist of our film, Preston Rogers, isn’t just physically disabled, but he’s also stuck in a snowy tundra that is uninhabitable for humans. This injects an immense sense of urgency to what occurs, turning “Abominable” in to a survival film where all he (and we) can do is watch and hope for the best.
The situation feels hopeless time and time again, especially as Preston realizes the monster is anything but a confused docile creature. The effects are wonderful, even for a film made in 2005, garnering a unique creature design, along with the creation of a monster that is very strong, and also very cunning. Schifrin shows no mercy to our characters, putting them through the wringer, including Rogers, whose struggles to overcome his debilitating state is gripping. While “Abominable” is first and foremost a vicious, entertaining monster movie, it’s also about Rogers trying to regain some sense of purpose after he’s given up on himself subsequent his horrible accident. I found myself clutching my seat out of sheer tension time and time again, and loved how Schifrin took a pretty simple premise and transformed it in to a special horror gem.
The new edition from the MVD Rewind Collection features a brand new cut of the film, which includes touched up special effects and quality for the sake of the 2K High Definition transfer. Schifrin insists the film is the same, except with higher quality effects by the same artist from the original version. The release comes with a DVD copy as well. There’s an audio commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, and cast members Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs. There’s a new introduction from Ryan Schifrin and “Back to the Genre: Making Abominable,” available in SD.
There are a slew of deleted and extended scenes, as well as outtakes and bloopers. There’s the inclusion of “Shadows,” a USC student film from Ryan Schifrin, and the new “Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked,” a short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by composer Lalo Schifrin, starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder. The original 2005 version of “Abominable” is also available exclusively on the Blu-Ray. There’s the original theatrical trailer, a poster and still gallery, a storyboard gallery, and for buyers, there’s a collectible poster for “Abominable” included in the packaging.