Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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!
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…
Charlton Heston was one of those guys who'd always find a reason to take off his shirt. I can respect that but I don't admire it.
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The Omega Man is a movie based on the novel I Am Legend, however it seems the script writers took some significant liberties with the source material and made a movie that is awful. I mean we're talking about a film where a disease has been unleashed on the world and it turns mankind into white-faced, light-sensitive, homicidal Luddites. Charlton Heston is a man immune to the disease because of some serum he came up with just before the outbreak. I'll admit that I was mildly intrigued by the last man on Earth plot, but it wasn't too far into the film when we find out he isn't the last man on Earth, and even the diseased people seem relatively…
"You are discarded. You are the refuse of the past."
Richard Matheson’s 1954 vampire horror novel “I Am Legend” helped influence the zombie genre (it was the inspiration for the ‘68 George Romero film “Night of the Living Dead”) and popularized the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. Yet for some reason, filmmakers haven’t been able to crack the story. It’s been made into three different films, and it doesn’t seem like any of them have gotten it right. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our disease series with the second of these adaptations, Boris Sagal’s 1971 film, “The Omega Man.”
We talk about why this movie doesn’t work for us…
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“I Am Legend” has been a strangely consistent story. Not only did it inspire the zombie apocalypse as we know it, it’s birthed three major adaptation, each very different from one another. “The Last Man on Earth” matches the book’s bleak tone and features one of Vincent Price’s most serious performances. The most recent “I Am Legend” was, as far as a modern blockbuster adaptation of the material goes, far stronger then I expected. But out of all the adaptations of Richard Matheson’s landmark novel, this one is probably my favorite. Awash in seventies kitsch and featuring Charlton Heston at his bronzed matinee god macho best, it's “The Omega Man”
Though horrific, the last man on earth concept appeals to…
- I haven't seen The Last Man On Earth, but so far this is my favourite adaptation of I Am Legend. I know it's not perfect, but the first third of the movie is stunning, and i could just watch Charlton Heston all day. Also one of my favourite Simpsons episodes is based specifically on this movie so i will always have a soft spot for it.
This is a rough film. I really enjoy the source material and struggle with the fact that no one has really found the right way to adapt it. This one tried a different tact that just never clicked with me. It was entertaining, but not enough to feel I'd want to return to it.
Bizarre second adaptation of Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" casts Charlton Heston as the protagonist but his macho bravura comes across as either a cringe worthy attempt at serious heroics, or irreverent satire - I just couldn't tell which, but probably the latter, and he didn't even know it. The "zombies" are really no such thing, but a weird albino sect hell bent on killing the world's last surviving scientist (who also happens to have the formula that can save the world), and they just look silly chanting in their white wigs and black robes. The "world", it's problems and its solutions, all seem to be within the confines of whatever city it is the story is set on, so…
According to Whoopi Goldberg, the kiss between the characters played by Charlton Heston and Rosalind Cash was one of the first interracial kisses to appear in a movie.
I don't think it is as good as "I Am Legend" (2007), but it’s an overall fun movie.
Some people will in fact hate it. That's fine. To some degree I can see why.
Apart from the odd jolly to be found from its antiquated charms, The Omega Man is a total flop. The dialogue is obvious, preachy and failed to provide any amusement. The direction, most noticeably in the sloppy action scenes, is uninspired, the score's jarring and the production design is amateur dramatics level.
I lost interest about an hour in and no amount of chucktastic tomfoolery could drag by brain back to the fold. The family are so frustratingly useless and I can't quite decide what’s the more horrific visual, Heston constantly topless or sporting that woeful selection of jackets.
I honestly didn’t think it would be the case but Big Willie's effort bests it on all fronts, maybe even with its ending which is really saying something. If the apocalypse happens and The Omega Man is the last movie on earth, I'd still recommend avoiding it like the plague. Consider yourself duly warned.
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