Snowbeast – aka Snow Beast – is a 1977 American made-for-TV horror film. It stars Bo Svenson (Night Warning), Yvette Mimieux (Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell), Robert Logan, Clint Walker (Killdozer; Scream of the Wolf) and Sylvia Sidney.
The teleplay was written by Joseph Stefano, who wrote the script for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Stefano reportedly used a book by Roger Patterson (who claimed to have encountered a sasquatch in 1967) as his primary inspiration.
Snowbeast was directed by Herb Wallerstein, a veteran of many television shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek and The Six Million Dollar Man. The film is in the public domain.
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A ski resort in the Colorado Rockies has its annual winter carnival spoiled by the brutal murders of a series of vacationers by an unknown animal.
The local sheriff (Clint Walker) believes that the culprit is a legendary creature, a yeti or sasquatch. The owner of the ski resort declares there is no such being, because she doesn’t want to lose her business. Either way, the creature must be stopped as it is continuing its attacks…
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“It’s a bit on the listless side, and devotes way too much time to the soap-opera subplot about an ex-Olympic skier and his troubled marriage to a TV news reporter, but Snowbeast is much better than its reputation would suggest, and the oft-made claim that you never get to see the monster simply isn’t true.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting