abominable snowman

abominable snowman

abominable snowman or yeti, humanlike creature so named because it is associated with the perpetual snow region of the Himalayas. A figure unknown except through tracks ascribed to it and through alleged encounters, it is described as being 6 to 8 ft (1.8 to 2.4 m) tall and covered with long, dark hair. Attempts after the 1950s to verify the authenticity of its tracks (notably by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1960) have yielded no conclusive results. Most scholars dismiss the existence of the creature. A somewhat similarly described creature of W North America is known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

See R. Messner, My Quest for the Yeti (tr. 2000).

The Abominable Snowman (aka The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas) is a 1957 British horror film, directed by Val Guest and starring Forrest Tucker and Peter Cushing. The film is based on The Creature, a BBC Television play by writer Nigel Kneale, and follows the exploits of an English anthropologist with an American expedition as they search the Himalayas for the legendary Yeti. Kneale adapted his own television script into the film screenplay. Cushing, along with several other members of the cast, had also starred in the original version (the role of Tom Friend in the television play was taken by Stanley Baker).

The film was produced by Hammer Film Productions and released on August 26, 1957 in the UK. It was subsequently released in the United States and throughout the world.


Actor Role
Forrest Tucker Dr. Tom Friend
Peter Cushing Dr. John Rollason
Maureen Connell Helen Rollason
Richard Wattis Peter Fox
Robert Brown Ed Shelley
Michael Brill Andrew McNee
Wolfe Morris Kusang
Arnold Marle Lhama
Anthony Chinn Major-Domo


  • Wingrove, David. Science Fiction Film Source Book (Longman Group Limited, 1985)

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