Deadly Descent: The Abominable Snowman (2013) starring Chuck Campbell, Adrian Paul, Lauren O'Neil, Nicholas Boulton, Elizabeth Croft directed by Marko Makilaakso Movie Review

Deadly Descent: The Abominable Snowman (2013)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Chuck Campbell in Deadly Descent: The Abominable Snowman (2013)

A Bad Snow Day

25 years earlier two men went missing up on a mountain range, they were never found and are suspected to have died in an accident. But Brian (Chuck Campbell) the son of one of those climbers thinks otherwise and under the pretence of wanting to snowboard down the mountain alone he gets chopper pilot Mark Foster (Adrian Paul) to drop him at the top. Brian's sister, fearing something is wrong, assembles a team to go up and find Brian, putting two and two together as to why he has gone up alone. But searching the mountain for Brian ends up hazardous for all of them especially when it comes to what Brian had gone on the mountain to hunt down in the first place.

One thing you can't criticize this movie for not having is names, I have seen it called "Deadly Descent", "Abominable Snowman", the combination of the two "Deadly Descent: The Abominable Snowman" and even the even longer "Deadly Descent: The Legend of the Abominable Snowman". What you also can't criticize "Deadly Descent" for is lack of back story as it starts with two climbers having a run in with a monster on the mountain, another skier/ snowboarder hitting the mountain and finding tracks and then a group of climbers going up there whilst a pilot hits the bottle in the bar. Even more amazing is the fact that all these things tie together and you need to pay attention to pick up on the connections.

The trouble is that not only is "Deadly Descent" dull because it draws things out with all this back-story but when it comes to the action and special effects it starts to unravel due to budget limitations. In fairness the story developments and character set ups help to keep you entertained but there comes that point where you want trouble of the Abominable Snowman kind and it doesn't live up to the build up. In fact as I am not a skier or snowboarder I even wondered whether this was a movie which in truth was more to do with showing off someone's skills on skis than to do with confronting the actual monsters.

What this all boils down to is that "Deadly Descent" had some good ideas and it had much more back story than I was expecting. But for the sort of movie it is maybe it had too much back-story and not enough action.