Connect with us
Abominable Review: Been there done that

Movie Reviews

Abominable Review: Been there done that

Abominable looks familiar, but is that a bad thing?

Horror movies get more leeway than many other genres. They can get away without having a plot, are expected to be formulaic, and can earn universal praise if they are cheesy enough. Abominable meets some of that criteria but never does enough to impress.

Abominable Review: Been there done that

Listen to the latest episode of the AIPT Movies Podcast!

Released in 2006, Abominable is about Preston Rogers, a man who has returned to the woods where his wife died and he was left crippled following a mountain climbing accident. Something strange seems to be happening but only Preston appears to notice.

Abominable is content to use the most common tropes of the genre. The entire movie takes place in a secluded cabin in the woods. There is no communication to the area and the cast includes four young women from the city (of course, there is the obligatory shower scene.) Naturally, the women also think Preston is a creep and the cops do not believe him. The movie would make a great drinking game about horror movie staples.

At least Abominable pilfers from great movies. Preston is in a wheelchair for much of the movie and his cabin is across the road from Amanda and her friends. Preston checks on their safety using a pair of binoculars.There are plenty of binocular point of view shots but unfortunately, Grace Kelly never comes around to help save the day.

Abominable Review: Been there done that

When a creature feature is this unoriginal, it has to rely on its monster to save the day. At times, Abominable succeeds as the the titular beast looks slightly different than a stereotypical Yeti. In complete shadow, it takes on a wolf-like appearance. This looks great when seen in darkness or through binocular lenses. In better lit shots however, it appears more human and almost looks cute, destroying any chance of fear. Director Ryan Schifrin seemed to know this, slowly revealing the monster through short dark shots.

Abominable does have some great gore effects. The beast is a very violent creature and the deaths are appropriately messy. There is no need for creative or clever kills. The Sasquatch like character just wants to kill and does not have time to think about how.

Abominable Review: Been there done that

The acting is never horrible, or even bad. Matt McCoy does fine as the lead with appropriate looks of shock, fear, and relief. Paul Gleason of The Breakfast Club fame has a small role as the skeptical sheriff and shoots off the line of the movie. Lance Henriksen also makes an unnotable appearance.  Unfortunately, the blasé performances may have had an unintended consequence. The film’s premise lends itself to outrageous characters but the cast plays it seriously, leading to serviceable performances that no audience will ever remember.

Abominable is a textbook example of a horror movie. You have a final girl, secluded location, a hero who has dealt with personal loss, and an ending that begs a sequel. The acting is fine while the pace keeps the barely there plot moving forward. There is nothing wrong with Abominable, it has just already been done in other places.

Abominable Review: Been there done that
Abominable
Is it good?
If you want something to have on in the background, this is the perfect movie. It will never do anything good or bad enough to draw your attention.
When the monster does not look cute, it looks horrifying
It never does anything offensive, it is just very average
When the monster does not look scary, it looks adorable
It never does anything noteworthy and seems content to remain average
6
Average

Join the AIPT Patreon

Want to take our relationship to the next level? Become a patron today to gain access to exclusive perks, such as:

  • ❌ Remove all ads on the website
  • 💬 Join our Discord community, where we chat about the latest news and releases from everything we cover on AIPT
  • 📗 Access to our monthly book club
  • 📦 Get a physical trade paperback shipped to you every month
  • 💥 And more!
Sign up today
Comments

In Case You Missed It

Sick and disturbed: Daniel Hillyard and Doug Wagner unpack new series 'Plush' Sick and disturbed: Daniel Hillyard and Doug Wagner unpack new series 'Plush'

Sick and disturbed: Daniel Hillyard and Doug Wagner unpack new series ‘Plush’

Comic Books

'Batman' #129 has a breakneck pace and a great backup story 'Batman' #129 has a breakneck pace and a great backup story

‘Batman’ #129 has a breakneck pace and a great backup story

Comic Books

DC Comics Preview: Batman #130 DC Comics Preview: Batman #130

DC Comics Preview: Batman #130

Comic Books

'Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo' #1 captures a macabre, stunning Gotham 'Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo' #1 captures a macabre, stunning Gotham

‘Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo’ #1 captures a macabre, stunning Gotham

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup