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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 Last Man on Earth, the first screen adaptation of Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend," is one of those economical genre movies made more evocative by its sparse resources. In this, it helps that the story follows the lone survivor (Vincent Price) of a plague that has wiped out most of the planet's population, rendering the rest vampires who act more like zombies. During the day, he procures supplies for survival, strings up garlic and mirrors to scare away the scavengers and explores the surrounding neighborhood, driving stakes into any creatures he finds and dumping the bodies into a pit. At night, he sits at home and listens to records to drown out the thumping of vampires dumbly trying to…
an interesting take on 'I am Legend' that would not have been as entertaining without the great Vincent Price as central protagonist and narrator.
Vincent Price proves that just 'cause you're the last man on Earth doesn't mean you can't look sharp and dress in style. Legit pro.
Despite being a bit cheesy and dated in spots The Last Man on Earth remains a pretty entertaining sci-fi horror film. Some of it even feels like it may have inspired the original Night of the Living Dead four years later.
Vincent Price is decent as the lead while some of the supporting cast, especially the young daughter, are laughably bad. It switches between Price's current situation and flashbacks of how things came to be. While the flashbacks are okay it's the scenes with Price in the city alone that are the highlight of the film.
While it is not necessarily an all-time sci-fi great or one of the better Vincent Price films it is better than the weak Will Smith version called I Am Legend and is worth checking out for sci-fi and horror fans alike.
Do you remember the scene in Click where Adam Sandler discovers that he can have his life narrated by James Earl Jones? If I had that possibility, I’d chose Vincent Price for my narration, any day. He doesn’t just have his god-given voice however, in The Last Man on Earth, Price carries the entire film and conveys a spectrum of emotions. Surely a bit melodramatic by today’s standards, but fitting into the overall mood of the film. Someone who can stand as suave as Price with his hand in his pocket as he throws a torch to light corpses on fire – that’s a character you want to follow through the doomsday.
Before & After:
Watched for Scavenger Hunt 17
16. A Post-apocalyptic film!
Where is that little girl's Oscar????
This didn't hold my interest. Was cool to see an older version of I Am Legend but th his was pretty boring to me anyway.
A low budget adaptation of Richard Matheson's most famous work. Featuring Vincent Price in one of his most impressive roles, this is a dark and downbeat post apocalyptic vampire film that is less concerned with spectacle and instead focuses on creating a downbeat and opressive mood.
Price hams it up and it works to the films advantage, he's wonderfully unhinged and has a manic quality that infuses the character with a real sense of loss. Less successful is everyone else, the vampires are as threatening as an empty shoebox thrown into a hallway and have even less impact. Repeated scenes of vampires limply waving around 2x4s is amongst the least threatening thing imaginable.
The Last Man on Earth is a…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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