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Robert Morgan is the last man on earth, as far as he can tell. A plague killed everyone else on the planet several years ago. He was immune to it, and can only guess why. Vampires that were formerly human attack Morgan's home every night
If I was the last man on earth I would probably care little about my appearance. Vincent Price still hangs around the house with perfect hair, a sweater vest , and a tweed coat. Why? Because he's Vincent Price. Well played sir.
Vincent Price in the story of I Am Legend or The Omega Man. I've not seen the Will Smith one, but I've seen Charlton Heston in The Omega Man a few times. This version is explicit about it being a "vampire virus" whereas the Heston version they seem more zombie like. But here, they act zombie like, moving slowly, are rather weak, but they don't like garlic or mirrors, so I don't know.
The movie opens with a voice-over section showing Price as the only man on Earth for three years, what he does to prepare for the undead, gets food, etc, then moves into flashback where we see what happened (they spend a lot more time on this than The Omega Man does), then he meets a gal. Is she infected or is she immune like he is?
Filmed in Italy, this is well shot, if a bit clumsy in places, and Vincent Price is remarkably subdued.
I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Vincent Price is no action hero, and he's quite terrible at showing a wide spectrum of emotions without it looking silly. But still, I love him, and to watch a movie with Vincent Price as the (seemingly) sole survivor on our planet, a planet that have been taken over by zombie-like vampires, felt like a sure thing this evening.
Based on the novel I am Legend, which I embarrassingly enough haven't read, we follow Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price). He lives alone in a house filled with mirrors and with a garlic wreath on the front door. He counts the days, makes some coffee and drives dead bodies to the pit.…
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Where we've come from and where we are now in terms of filmmaking is always interesting to me. Here we have a movie which has been remade two times since its original release, and if anything can be learned from this sequence of movies it's that as technical skill increases story quality decreases.
The Last Man on Earth, as with many movies from the 60's, doesn't stand up well to the test of time. So many things, like acting styles and sound mixing and cinematography, all these have changed over the years and if you're not used to the old ways of doing things it will feel awkward. We've developed ways of making movies…
Probably the most accurate of the three "I am Legend" adaptions but not sure if it's the best. They go with a more classic approach to the vampire zombies which I liked. The most interesting part of the film is Vincent Price by himself going insane, yet the whole second act is an overlong flashback. Loved the rest of it however.
The bleak first pass at the "I Am Legend" book adaptations. Vincent Price plays the lone Dr. Morgan, who is living alone among the zombies walking around at night after a plague has killed most everyone on earth. He rummages around the city, collecting food/gas/mirrors/garlic to ensure his survival.
I thought we spent a little too much time in the flashback. I don't really care that his old partner is the zombie haunting his door every night. I would have preferred we'd spent more time on the "treatment" zombies who conspire to take him out. Maybe then I'd have more understanding about why they wanted him gone.
I meant the metaphor "they didn't understand" holds up well anyway. But I could see improvements.
"Your new society sounds charming."
In this case, the vampire is a metaphor for a disease which can potentially wipe out humanity. The film lacks scares, the action scenes are sparse, and the middle section set in the past is a bit anti-climactic and unnecessary, but an unsettling vision of a dystopian future. Isolation and loneliness are also themes that are given attention. There are some twists in the last third which justify sticking around to the end. Perhaps the Will Smith adaptation I Am Legend (2007) is a step up?
Maybe not as beautifully shot as it could be, this is otherwise a perfect classic horror that deserves a higher profile than it's currently got. The direct inspiration for just about all zombie media today from the Night of the Living Dead influence to the focus on scientific explanations for a virus causing the vampires.
October 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #23: A Vincent Price film.
I think The Last Man on Earth depicts the last remnants of Earth in a far more realistic way than I Am legend did years later. There's a real sense of dread, in the intimacy of Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow's adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel, that was only ever touched upon by the scale of the 2007 film.
Much of this is courtesy of a superb performance by Price, but the sets are equally as brilliant. With his boarded up house running on a generator, Dr. Robert Morgan has makeshift circuits crawling around the walls and ceilings; garlic cloves and crucifixes hang from doors like a fortresses'…
There's a lot of shit holding this movie back. Poor editing, poor ADR, a painfully dreary voice over from Vincent Price (who feels totally miscast as a handy, suburban every-man), and some far too sudden plot developments in the third act. But somewhere in the early goings, where we see Price fortifying his vampire proof domain like a cool, confident Kevin McCallister and somewhere in those flashbacks to Price's pre-plague home and somewhere in the amateurish charm of the bargain bin editing, acting, and overall production, I kinda found something to really like. Could be the old school sci-fi vibe of it all, could be the shitty crackle and pop of the discount DVD transfer I watched, and it could…
Some genuinely haunting moments, but it never really manages to get across the desperation that must come with being the title character; Price appears to be handling it all rather well. Also hurt by too much voice-over.
On the one hand, this film is a pretty faithful adaptation of Richard Matheson's great book, I Am Legend. On the other hand, fidelity to the source just isn't enough to make it a good film.
There's no sense of threat, whatsoever, from the infected. They're more like Romero's Night of the Living Dead zombies than vampires. Vincent Price puts in a decent performance, but I think he was horribly miscast in the part.
The only really good thing I can say is that if you have to have voiceover narration, Vincent Price is an excellent choice for that. But combined with all the strange dubbing and lack of any kind of action, I give it a big meh.
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