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The Omega Man
The World Is Dead. One Survivor. Then The Others. Crawling In Darkness. The Strangest Sect Of All. *Hunting The Last Man On Earth.*
Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic.
Sometimes it can be just little things you remember about a film from many many years ago. I was around ten when I watched this with my dad late one night around 1978 or 79'. I was young, I got scared by things like Dr Who and this film left me with nightmares.
Looking back it does have some creepy moments in it, but it's hardly spine-chilling. Science fiction or horror movies from the seventies were all about atmosphere. They had scores that echoed what you saw on screen and this one by Ron Grainer had that tingly combo organ sound that Ray Manzarek of "The Doors" perfected so eloquently. It works well and along with Jerry Goldsmith's score for…
The first third of this movie might be one of my all-time favorite first thirds of any movie. Charlton Heston, last man on Earth(ish), losing his mind, talking to himself, playing dress-up, shooting random mutants (From his cold dead hand!), watching WOODSTOCK in an abandoned L.A. movie theater -- does it get any better and sadder than that?
Early scenes with Charlton Heston roaming through an abandoned Los Angeles machine-gunning albinos are terrific. I can't think of a better actor than Heston to convey this kind of solitude because he doesn't play up the sadness or the poignancy of it - it almost seems like he enjoys being alone, until you realize that's impossible, and that he sits through Woodstock for the 800th time and plays chess with a dummy because he doesn't have anything better to do (by the way, is there a more potent cultural stew than Charlton Heston sitting in an empty movie theater lip-syncing Woodstock and wielding a rifle? We're all just people, maaan).
The movie falters a bit when it comes to the…
Why I watched this one? Although Charlton Heston is mostly known for his biblical classics...Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments....he had one heck of a science fiction run too. The Omega Man was made after two Planet of the Apes movies and before Soylent Green. Since it has been years since I saw The Omega Man...I figured it was time to check it out again.
What is this one about? Heston plays a doctor who struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. Heston takes over the role first played by Vincent Price and later played by Will Smith in I Am Legend.
My thoughts on this one? The Omega Man seemed to…
This movie came out when I was 12 years old, and man, was it ever the ultimate exercise in adolescent wish-fulfillment. I daydreamed for years about being the last dude in Los Angeles, taking any muscle car I wanted out of the local dealerships and driving it to Disneyland, where I'd spend the day riding the Matterhorn Bobsleds as many times as I wanted without an E ticket. Sure, I'd have to ice a few albino neo-Luddite mutants with my giant infrared scope-mounted high-calibre rifle now and then, but that was just sweet, sweet icing on the dystopian cake, as far as I was concerned. And if that weren't enough, I'd also have the smokin' hot Rosalind Cash with her…
A Post-Apocalyptic Film Festival Presented by Fallout 3 Entry #5 & I Am Legend Adaptations Entry #2
While "The Omega Man" is the most loosely adapted film version of the novel I Am Legend, it is strangely the best adaptation so far. The I Am Legend adaptations have never been short on star power with Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth and Will Smith in I Am Legend, but "The Last Man on Earth" was just depressing and "I Am Legend" was undone by the stupid reshot ending that went againist everything the movie had done up to that point. "The Omega Man" has tension and optimism along with a unique 70's vibe. Also villains are luddites that are also kind of albino plague vampires. Show me another movie that has that, I dare you!
This is the second of three movies that I am aware of that are based on the novel by Richard Matheson. This movie has a much different take on the novel than "The Last Man On Earth" and I thought this was overall a touch better. Maybe not enough to get a higher rating (I'd give it 3 1/4 if I could), but somewhat more entertaining with significantly better sound and picture quality to boot. I won't be in a hurry to see this again anytime soon but it was good to finally see it for the first time.
Had some inspired moments but outweighed by massive plot holes and general silliness.
Second film adaptation of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (It was previously filmed as "Last Man on Earth" with Vincent Price in the 60s, and again as "I Am Legend" with Will Smith in the '00s) stars Charlton Heston as Robert Neville, government scientist and survivor of a bacterial plague that has reduced much of humanity to a nightstalking horde of barbarians. Eventually he meets others who are immune to the plague and with their help, develops a cure for the condition, but the problem is that the "infected" may not want to be cured after all...
This flick was apparently a pretty big hit in its day (and it was also controversial at the time due to an interracial…
Though perhaps the oddest, this is probably the best treatment "I Am Legend" ever received. I do like Last Man on Earth quite a bit however.
What a gonzo blend of conservative and progressive politics.
Alright, trying to see 365 movies in 2016, and I start with The Omega Man.
Premise is one we are familiar with - disease wipes out everyone except for one man - and everyone else that's alive has been turned into a zombie / vampire / monster. This is also based on the novel "I am Legend"... except that it changes the few things that made that novel so great.
In the end, we have a movie that's only interesting when the last man is wandering the earth and messing around - makes me think of that "Last Man on Earth" tv show. The problem with the film is that the group of "monsters" are actually very human-like, so the…
I went into 'The Omega Man' knowing it was the last adaptation of 'He is Legend' for me to see. I have to say, it both disappointed, and excelled in the same sentence. For one, it is possibly not as tight on it's source material as it should be, but, it tailors to suit another triumphant Sci-Fi thriller for Heston.
With a far more action approach to the film, it loses many qualities. Where elsewhere there is tension and intrigue, The Omega Man has a lack of urgency and melodrama. This is more than made up with action, fire-power, and nudity. Not necessarily a great trade, but it doesn't undo itself.
Heston is his usual self here, and aptly steals…
a hell of a lot better than I Am Legend, the bluray was amazing.. lots of gun violence, and he was right about those bastards, why on earth didn't he have more than one gun at the end.. or killed those idiots when they were all up in his house like that, what happened Charlton Heston! I mean I'll admit that BAR with the night scope was sick (www.imfdb.org/w/images/b/bc/M3_carbine.jpg).. and he showed everyone how to mount a flashlight to a submachine gun. and the hammerlesss .380 the girl had in the beginning .. he messed up grabbing that pos german gun at the end though.
Due to his frequent shirtlessness and his absurdly smooth wooing of the omega woman, I'm guessing Charlton Heston was a bigger sex symbol than I ever realized.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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…