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The Last Man on Earth
Do you dare imagine what it would be like to be...The last man on earth...Or the last woman.
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.
It's hard to believe The Omega Man was made only six years after The Last Man on Earth, the first adaptation of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. They are radically different in their approach, but both enjoyable despite their flaws. The Last Man on Earth lacks The Omega Man's feverish action and violence. In its place is a soul-destroying bleakness that exudes from its moody black and white photography and chilling landscapes of a dead world. Price is an odd casting choice, but it's hard not to enjoy his gloomy presence and I loved his moments of madness. The film is at its strongest when it sticks to its present day action, though I was also impressed with certain sequences…
I know It's hard to expect a lot from low budget horror movies from the 60's, but this really isn't all that great of a film. It's an adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel, I am legend, and even though Richard Matheson himself wrote the screenplay he was so dissatisfied with it that he used as pseudonym to distance himself from the work (and later made disparaging comments about it). It's incredibly cheesy and stiff. Not at all scary and although it's a pretty close adaptation to its story, it doesn't at all capture the tone of the original novel (which is great, and I highly recommend).
That said, I enjoyed watching it. There's something really fun about watching a…
The Last Man on Earth is the first and best adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend. Matheson himself was not happy with how the ending of the film turned out and had his name taken off the screenplay, which he wrote, but this version is still far, far better than the later adaptations. The other two adaptations are the dreadful The Omega Man from 1971 starring Charlton Heston and the so-so zombie-monster version from 2007 starring Will Smith, titled after the novel. The 1964 version stars horror movie icon Vincent Price as the titular last man on Earth. This film succeeds unlike the other two versions because it has an emotional level that the others did not, and…
It's very, very faithful to the novel. Too faithful. The psychological aspects of the novel don't translate well to film, and so we get some brutal overacting, silly narration, and a pretty dull pace. It's also incredibly low-budget, so it approaches Ed Wood (the director, not the film) quality at times. There's an obvious influence on Night of the Living Dead shown, and it follows the story well, but it's just not a good film.
Also seen in MST3K-style conditions, but I feel less prone to forgive, as its incessant voice-over is an absurd over-corrective to the "man alone" narrative problem, and there's something just fundamentally, comically weird about the plot at the end.
My favorite of the adaptations of I am Legend. It was shot in Italy and has some telltale elements, though much of it looks as though it could have been in the LA area, like Omega Man.
Vincent Price feels like a more humanized and relatable character than Charleton Heston, who has to be more heroic and unbelievably effective, though less so than current movie heroes.
The story is the closest to the novel, though I am not too fond of the extensive flashback. Richard Matheson was disappointed with rewrites and sought to dissociate himself from the movie (still wanting to get paid, he is credited under a pseudonym).
I would have preferred a full ending from the novel, but the ending is reasonable and matches the title of the movie instead of the novel.
This lacks the survivor thrills of Omega Man and I am Legend, though it captures much of the feel of the novel.
I had no idea how much of a proto-italo zombie film this actually was. The establishing shots of the body strewn landscapes of Rome seem to prove that post-war Rome is ideal for films that take place in the decaying ruins of industrial civilization. Nearly every zombie movie made in the last fifty years is heavily indebted to the opening thirty minutes of The Last Man on Earth. Though Last Man is visually rich, the acting is borderline poverty. As a consequence of both weak dubbing and clumsy scripting, everyone comes off as listless. Even Vincent Price succumbs to this malaise. Aside from his oddly excellent narration and physical performance, he seems detached whenever he has to speak to another actor. With better dialogue and some more spirited performances, this would be a lost classic. It's still quite good and is essential for anyone (including myself) who inexplicably loves Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City.
They should have kind of just started the movie earlier in the plot so they didn't have to have a 40 minute flashback...
Probably deserves a 2.5, but I like Vincent Price too much.
The first of three adaptations of Richard Matheson's novel "I Am Legend" (followed by 1971's THE OMEGA MAN with Charlton Heston and 2007's I AM LEGEND with Will Smith), THE LAST MAN ON EARTH was co-scripted by Matheson, who ended up using a pseudonym ("Logan Swanson") when he wasn't happy with the result. While a huge fan of star Vincent Price, Matheson felt the legendary actor was miscast, and, well, he's more or less correct. Price is OK, but doesn't really bring the gravitas that Heston and even Smith brought to their interpretations. He doesn't really look the part in the action scenes--his run is barely more than a trot, he's hesitant and awkward, and he attacks the undead "vampires"…
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