78 - Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977)
Everything about this movie is insane. The effects, the dialogue, the plot; everything is a complete disaster from start to finish. Despite it’s slew of shortcomings, I find myself enjoying Yeti probably more than I should. It's an earnest failure that excels because of it’s problems and not in lieu of them.
How tall is the Yeti? Well that’s up to your interpretation. In some scenes he might be as tall as a building, in others he might be able to use the front door. It’s things like this that make Yeti such an enjoyable piece of garbage.
Made in 1977 in hopes of capitalizing on the popularity of 1976’s King Kong reboot in Hollywood, Yeti was an Italian production that was filmed in Canada. Like many movies made in a rush, the seams of its production are highly visible and deeply flawed but the outcome is a toxic mix of elements that become unintentionally hilarious.
Frozen in ice for centuries, the Yeti is defrosted by a group of scientists working for a conglomerate who hopes to make him into a new mascot for his umbrella corporation. Yeti gas, Yeti shirts, Yeti toys; it’s the new craze up in Canada!
Yeti is such a gigantic disaster that you can’t help but love it. There is a Lassie character, a love story between the Yeti and a young girl, scientists who simply can’t figure out that the Yeti goes insane every time he encounters flash photography, and some of the worst green screen effects you’ve ever seen.
Definitely a movie worth checking out,