Abominable (2006) – By Brian Morton

 Most of the time, when someone says Bigfoot or Sasquatch, you think about fuzzy pictures of a guy in a wookie suit roaming around the woods. Very rarely does that name invoke fear, well, after you see Anchor Bay’s new release, Abominable, you might rethink you position on this international urban legend.

Here’s the story: Preston Rogers was paralyzed in a climbing accident that took the life of his wife. Now, after just being released from the hospital, Preston is returning to the place where he had his accident to try to get past it. Left alone in his cabin, Preston thinks he’s beginning to see things, large hairy things that are attacking the girls in the cabin next to his. At first, Preston thinks he’s hallucinating, but soon it becomes clear to him that there’s something in the woods and it’s stalking everyone in the area, one at a time!

On the surface, Abominable might sound like your ‘Sci Fi Channel Monster Movie Of The Week’, but it’s better than that. Matt McCoy, who plays Preston, is such a likeable and recognizable guy that you really want him to win and the feeling of helplessness that Preston feels at being unable to help the girls he is watching die one at a time, transfers itself right into the viewer! The cast includes horror luminaries, Lance Henickson and Jeffery Combs, who are both a welcome presence but neither are there for very long or in any significant way. Abominable is almost a monster movie riff on Rear Window, Preston is confined to both his wheelchair and his house, reduced to watching the horror from a window through binoculars. When he’s desperately screaming for the girls, he’s either dismissed as a pervert or unheard, and I found myself on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion through the movie!

Now, while I thought this was a great movie, it’s not without it’s flaws, there are a couple of time that the plot is stretched a bit, and while up close the monster is really amazing, in the longer shots (which are limited) the monster does have the appearance of that dude in that wookie suit. Overall, I loved Abominable, it was a great old-fashioned monster movie, once the action starts it keeps moving at a perfect pace and the cast is great. If you loved the old Saturday morning monster matinees, then Abominable is for you! If you’d like to get a copy for yourself to watch while stretched out on the couch on a rainy day, run on over to Anchor Bay Entertainment.com and get a copy for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. So, until next time, when we’ll talk about the time I thought I saw Bigfoot, but it only turned out to be my neighbor who really needs to shave his back, remember that the best movies are bad movies.