I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
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
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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…
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.
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.
This, despite its dated style and the absolutely horrible quality of the Elstree Hill Entertainment transfer, is still a superior film to The Omega Man and I Am Legend, seeing as any atmosphere and uniqueness the latter manages to build up is completely obliterated by the abysmal final act.
Richard Matheson's idea (not necessarily the story) certainly deserves the kind of treatment it's never received - one that would be able to strike some form of balance between the mindlessness and the uncanny intelligence the zombies exhibit, the inherent solitude of the setting and the fairly disappointing finale thus far common to all screen adaptations.
Matheson + Price = clàssic del cinema fantàstic (em quedo, especialment, amb les 2/3 parts inicials de la pel.licula).
Media dealing with post-apocalyptic scenarios, when done well, is capable of being as profound as any other subgenre of science fiction, if not more so. Works like The Last Man on Earth and The Road are perfect examples of that, as the creators of both of these works understand that post-apocalyptia is all about stripping humans down to their most primitive, and forcing them to show their true selves without the constraints of law or morality imposed by any third parties.
Vincent Price is arguably the greatest actor in horror. Whether he's playing a hero of a villain, he is always the most compelling part of any film he is in. He gave dozens of…
I have seen all 3 makes the I Am Legend novel. This one is my favorite. I didn't think I had watched this movie, but the moment it started I knew I'd seen it.
While it does a decent job of portraying an Earth devestated by a virus that turns its victims into vampires, this first adaptation of Richard Matheson's great novel, I Am Legend, fails to provoke any sense of horror. Nor does it provide any sort of value as entertainment. While the dreariness could be seen as reflecting Robert Morgan's mental state as the the last human on Earth, the whole film is so dull and lacklustre it rarely dredges up any kind of emotional response (aside from occasional unintended laughter - who showed you how to throw those grenades Mr Price? Don't you think their landing at your feet would be a bad idea?).
I've never had much interest in Vincent…
No está demasiado bien... pero la novela original sí lo estaba, tanto que seguir un poco el discurso de la misma ya es suficiente para que la película tenga todavía una fuerza y un poder de fascinación significativos.
Temo meter la pata si digo que, en su mayor parte, se trata de una película aburridilla por rutinaria: estamos en 1964, el grueso del cine de muertos vivientes aún no se ha realizado (quedaban cuatro años para que George A. Romero entrase en escena), por lo que decir que la película sigue esquemas previos quizá no sea muy atinado. En cualquier caso, ha envejecido regular y la acción tarda bastante en arrancar, con el recurso de un flash-back larguísimo en medio…
Hokey. Not well-acted. Yet surprisingly effectively creepy B-movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Decent horror movie similar to Omega Man.
This is about as faithful to Richard Matheson's classic story "I Am Legend" as has ever been put to film. Vincent Price gives a great performance as the sole survivor (Dr. Robert Morgan) of a deadly plague that has wiped out every human on Earth except him. The thing that stands out about this movie is that it is filmed in black and white and looks rather low budget. However that does nothing but help the ravaged rundown mood of the film. The city streets reflect a barren wasteland now the property of the vampire/zombie leftovers of humanity. There is an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness that permeates everything. The scenes with Morgan's wife and daughter and their decents into the…
Let me put it like this. Who would you choose to represent the human race as the last living man on earth : Will Smith, Charlton Heston or Vincent Price?
For me its easy. Vincent Price - all the way. "The Last Man on Earth", although somewhat clunky, is more powerful than the newer versions of the "I Am Legend" novel : "The Omega Man" & "I Am Legend".
Films atmosphere is more brooding (influencing George A. Romero's Of The Dead series), the emotional core stronger and it seems to be the only version that understands the central ideas behind Richard Matheson's novel.
6.5 out of 10
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