Apocalypse Mountain

Apocalypse Mountain
Directed by Andrew Murphy
Released January 2, 2000
Voice Cast: Andrew Murphy

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While I was working on the Thorn movies, I suggested to Andrew that he should try a horror movie or something dark and strange. So he made this movie about the Yeti of the Himalayas. I think the idea spawned from watching an IMAX documentary movie about Mount Everest, and reading a lot of books about Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman. Also, I think that episode of The Simpsons about Homer climbing a mountain was another reason.
The opening credit scene is amazing with “A Warm Place” by Nine Inch Nails playing with the red sky and orange clouds floating by.
The Americans arrive in the Himalayas and just decide to climb the mountain for the hell of it. It’s silly because they should’ve just gone there to do that, instead of deciding while looking out the window of the plane. It does have some humor in the beginning because one of the characters climbing the mountain is Chris Gleason from all of Andrew’s other movies.
Once they get towards the top of the mountain, they camp out for the night, and one by one they are killed off. After the so-called Yeti monster is killed, the main guy hears the voice of God telling him not to climb the mountain. Funny ending when he falls, and just wakes up in a pile of beer cans.
Andrew still doesn’t like this movie, but I think it’s an interesting one. It’s a subject that no one in 3DMM had ever done, for one. Andrew’s handmade scenes look even better than his previous works. I was proud to know that this was Movie of the Week when Andrew submitted it to 3DMM.com. That was a big surprise for the both of us at the time, because we would’ve never thought that would happen in a million years. Not a great movie, but worth a look back every now and then.

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