Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas, The (1957): Hammer’s Fantasy-Horror, Starring Peter Cushing

Val Guest directed The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas, a British fantasy-horror, written by Nigel Kneale, based on his own BBC TV play “The Creature.”

Produced by Hammer Films, the plot follows the exploits of British scientist Dr. John Rollason (Peter Cushing), who joins an American expedition, led by fame-seeker Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker), to search the Himalayas for the legendary Yeti.

Peter Cushing plays Dr. John Rollason who, alongside with his wife Helen (Maureen Connell), and assistant Peter Fox (Richard Wattis), are guests of the Lama (Arnold Marlé) of the monastery of Rong-buk while on a botanical expedition to the Himalayas.

A second expedition, led by Dr. Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker), with trapper Ed Shelley (Robert Brown), photographer Andrew McNee (Michael Brill) and Sherpa guide Kusang (Wolfe Morris), arrives at the monastery in search of the legendary Yeti or Abominable Snowman.

Rollason takes refuge in an ice cave and watches in amazement as the Yeti arrive and take away the body of their fallen compatriot. He realizes the Yeti are an intelligent species biding their time to claim the Earth for themselves after humanity has destroyed itself.

The rescue party finds Rollason and brings him back to the monastery. When  questioned by the Lama, he claims the expedition found nothing; the result of telepathic hypnosis by the Yetis.