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
From my DVD Talk forum remarks:
Based on I Am Legend, Vincent Price is the titular last man alive after a vampiric virus has decimated humanity. The first act is pretty dated, depicting much less sophisticated survival behavior than we're accustomed to today (the guy still puts on his sport coat when leaving the house), but the second act where we see in flashback the rise and spread of the virus has some genuinely compelling moments as we see his personal losses. The final act calls to mind Fahrenheit 451 and its manhunt, and has some genuine tension. It may not be the most amazing production of all time, but the sincerity sells the source material.
Vincentovi karizmatični brčići, kao i činjenica da se radi o možda i najvjernijoj ekranizaciji Mathesonovog romana, nisu pomogli da učine ovu jebenu dosadu išta zanimljivijom.
A slow paced film with a very unsatisfying ending-- The greatest things I took away from this film were a few terrible lines I sometimes exclaim for no apparent reason.
Carnival of Souls and 28 Days Later are still superior films of this type. But the scenes of Price driving around the city stores, streets, and churches with no people but large piles of clutter and corpses are enough to take this standard "scare" film a step above average. I wouldn't describe it as "campy" but it does lack power. The ending fails entirely at the deeper social commentary they were trying for.
Esta adaptación de "Soy leyenda" es la menos conocida de las versiones de la novela de Matheson, pero curiosamente también es la más fiel en cuanto a anécdota. La fotografía en blanco y negro y el retrato de los "vampiros" como zombis la convierte asimismo en un precedente (poco mencionado) de "Night of the Living Dead", y a pesar de que Vincent Price no me parece un buen Neville, la verdad es que es una película muy interesante con grandes aciertos como su genial ambientación post-apocalíptica de ciudad vacía. El final también cambia el escrito por Matheson al dar al desenlace un contenido más político en el que Neville se convierte en un luchador que maldice la sociedad totalitaria de los vampiros. Muy buena.
Great, much better than Will Smith's I am Legend - much better capturing of the lonely futility of the world.
A spectacular first thirty minutes that fizzles for its remainder. As the plot putters to find secure footing, Vincent Price spends a lot of time shaking the beautiful Franca Bettoia. The influence on George Romero’s landmark, “Night of the Living Dead” is undeniable.
This could have been a great film. The source material is world renowned, and they had the leading man of hammer horror, Vincent Price, in the title role. What could possibly go wrong? How about the last thirty minutes. With the first hour or so, the film builds up palpable dread, and the vampyres that Price fights (yes, he fights vampyres) are actually kind of frightening.
And then the whole thing is derailed with the addition of a love interest, and an ending that feels too tacked on for it's own good. If you could have just changed the ending, and stayed true to the plot, than maybe, just maybe, we could have seen a masterpiece. As it is, what we get is lacking entirely.
Perhaps one of the first modern zombie/post-apocalyptic movies. Vincent Price is awesome, and there's plenty of great moody atmosphere.