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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…
this son of a bitch doesn't realize how great he's got it. maybe one of the comfiest movies ever made. i can just see myself, nestled in my blankets on a cold day with some hot cocoa and the three stooges box set, the whole world dead, and i can do whatever i want. pure heaven.
A classic horror masterpiece.
The first part is a bit boring with all the voice-over narration, but it's much more interesting than the Charlton Heston version and less crowded with modern horror tropes than the Will Smith one.
Funny how each of the three versions has a unique look and feel to it.
I just love Vincent Price. His performance is awesome and he is all in all just a great actor. Haven't seen him give a bad performance so far. I've seen bad movies with him in them tho.
The story is the same as in "I am Legend" and "Omega Man" although I feel this is my favorite adaption of the story so far.
It starts in a apocalyptic future where Vincent Price is the last human alive. Everyone else fell sick to some illness that turned them into seemingly stupid vampires who of course only come out at night.
Some day, he meets another human...
Lots of it is told in flashbacks, showing what had happened before, which isn't the…
"Another day to live through. Better get started."
Vincent Price becomes a reluctant vampire hunter when he is a survivor of a plague which devastated life on Earth, when the population died or became blood-thirsty zombies.
One of his lesser-known films, but his performance is no less exemplary. In fact, the main focus is less the struggle against the zombie hordes like so many other of these type of films, and more of his struggle against his own complete and utter physical and mental isolation in his remaining purpose in life as the exterminating angel.
Unlike the high camp of Price's roles in the Roger Corman films, this is more quiet, stark and minimal, with the world falling apart in…
I find it very funny that a movie from 1964 can make a Fresh Prince movie look so bad. I'm going to have to watch a lot more Vincent Price movies..
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…
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…