MAN BEAST (1956)
Article #245 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-16-2001
Posting date: 4-1-2002
A woman is searching for her brother who is on an expedition in the Himalayas to discover the Yeti.
This is actually pretty amazing—a coherent Jerry Warren film. It’s still badly acted and the script is pretty clumsy at times, but he does a much better job of using footage from another film to augment this one than he usually does, probably because he only uses the long shots and landscape footage rather than trying to incorporate any of the plot into the film. There’s also some interesting ideas in the screenplay. especially when you learn the history of a certain mysterious character; in fact, I’ve found that abominable snowman movies tend to be more interesting than movies about Bigfoot. This is by no means a classic, but it’s probably the best thing Jerry Warren ever did and is actually worth a watch.
In reality, I do have to admit to a certain fondness for this guy’s work, but that has a lot to do with my love of puzzles. I just like the challenge of taking a movie like THE FACE OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF (which is made up of two different Mexican movies and original footage by Warren) and sorting out which scene belongs with which group of footage.