During the Sci-Fi movie heydays of the 1950s, many films were produced using the same formula, harking back to the old monster movie/King Kong story lines. Snow Creature (1954) is one such film, from the father/son team of W. Lee and Myles Wilder.
The story begins in the Himalayas, where a botanist and his photographer companion are on an expedition led by Sherpa guides. The wife of one of the Sherpas is kidnapped by a Yeti.
When the scientists refuse to believe such tales, the Sherpas form a mutiny and force the scientists to accompany them on a search to kill the Yeti and rescue the woman.
The Yeti's cave is located and he is captured, but his Yeti family is killed in a rock collapse during the
Regaining control of the vigilante group, the scientists save the Yeti on the presumption that it is worth more alive.
The creature is placed in a big refrigerator (that looks like a telephone booth) and transported to Los Angeles, CA. There is a delay in immigration, however, because they cannot determine if the Yeti is man or beast. During the delay, the creature escapes and goes on a rampage among the women in the City, using the cool city storm drains as a hideout.
The natural climax occurs...
A short scene from Snow Creature
Overall, the story is enjoyable. Not entirely original... Much of it was taken from King Kong, but at least they borrowed from the best. The creature is wisely kept in deep shadow for most of the movie, keeping glimpses of the ridiculous costume to a minimum. Snow Creature in a good example of the genre, restrained but attention-grabbing.