There has always been a universal obsession with the idea of the mysterious Bigfoot. Also referred to as Sasquatch and Yeti (among other names), we have seen countless “reality” television shows dedicated to hunting down this elusive beast and even some major celebrities who have dedicated their time and money into Bigfoot research. Whether he is really out there or not, one thing is for sure: Bigfoot is alive and well in Hollywood. With multiple releases of yeti-themed movies coming this year to Regal including the highly anticipated animation from DreamWorks, Abominable, we can expect to get our fix of friendly-faced beasts on the big-screen. To get ready for the release of Abominable at Regal, we have compiled a short list of some of our favorite Yeti movie encounters!
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957)
Before we had all of these cute and cuddly renderings of the iconic, furry beast, we had movies like this classic 1957 horror-adventure, showing us just how far back our fascination with Bigfoot goes. This is a must see for fans of all things Yeti and who also love a good dose of movie nostalgia as we look back on the grainy footage of the grisly Bigfoot!
HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1987)
(left to right) George (John Lithgow), Harry (Kevin Peter Hall), and Nancy (Melinda Dillon) in Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
In Harry and the Hendersons, we got one of our first looks at a friendly, lovable version of Bigfoot as opposed to the slew of gruesome, monstrous movie renditions that prefaced and followed this 80’s comedy classic. When the Henderson family adopted this overly friendly Sasquatch, the hi-jinx ensued as they attempted to keep his legend a secret.
MONSTERS, INC. (2001)
Speaking of gentle giants, in Monster, Inc. we got to meet this snow cone-loving, yak-milking Yeti who used to work at the Monsters warehouse until he was banished (presumably for tampering with the mail) to the Himalayas. Despite this, he maintains a generally upbeat attitude. “Abominable! Can you believe that? Do I look abominable to you?”
STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
In The Empire Strikes Back, we learned that Earth wasn’t the only planet riddled with Yetis. When he was suddenly attacked, Luke Skywalker gets an up-close encounter with this Wampa—the giant, carnivorous ice creatures that roam the planet Hoth. We would have given an honorable mention to Chewbacca, but we didn’t want to sully the Wookie name by comparing him to Bigfoot.
MISSING LINK (2019)
(left to right) Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), Mr. Link/Susan (Zach Galifianakis), and Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana) in Missing Link (2019)
Most recently, we found yet another lovable oaf of a Yeti in LAIKA’s 2019 release of Missing Link. Voiced by Zach Galifianakis, we received Susan, an innocent and gentle beast in search of his missing relatives. When it comes to big-screen depictions of bigfoot, we choose the adorable over the abominable every time.
Still looking for your favorite yeti? Continue the search when Abominable makes its way to Regal this Friday!