Man Beast (1956)

Spread the weird

RATING– ✮½

DIRECTOR– Jerry Warren

REVIEW– The Yeti exist! 

Whatever you want to call them… Bigfoot, Abominable Snowmen, Sasquatch, Skunk Ape or, my personal favorite, Devil Monkey… they make this world just a little more exciting. I like believing that at any time when I’m hiking through the forests or swamps of rural America, I might stumble upon a 10ft tall monkey-man guarding his berry-patch! 

Besides, if you can’t believe all those witnesses… those backwoods toothless hillbillies who, in their spare time, dress stuffed squirrels as the 12 Apostles and re-enact the Last Supper… then who can you believe??!? 

Man Beast, however, does not serve the legend very well. 

The movie implies the Yeti are an easily frightened, not very smart, under-evolved species with really bad hair. You try washing and styling foot-long hair that covers your entire body every single day! 

Their monthly shampoo expense alone must be a budget breaker! 

But what really gets me about Man Beast is that it portrays the Yeti as evil. 

C’mon! Who was behind the 9/11 attacks? Humans! Who was responsible for WWII concentration camps? Humans! Who invented disco? Humans! 

And where was the Yeti during all these horrific events? Out in the woods, simply lookin’ for nice hole in the ground to do his business in! 

Hardly evil. 

Professor Wiggins was terribly shy about showing friends his new bikini.