I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
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…
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…
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?
Okay, so Matthias and The Brotherhood represent the militant counter-culture; somewhere along the lines of the Black Panthers or the Yippies.
And Chuck Heston is the everyday Joe. Sure, maybe he likes his whiskey, but he ain't no hophead!
So that makes Rosalind Cash and her sect the baby-boomer-peace-hippies who used to be normies, but now they're infected with the horrible ideas of those long-haired freaks. They'll turn into shiftless layabouts any day unless Chuck can save them!
All muddled politics aside, The Omega Man is still a lot of fun. Funny to think the interracial kiss was such a big fucking deal at the time.
Give me I am Legend...
Re-watch viewing notes:
Chuck: You stay here.
[Throws Rosalind Cash an automatic rifle]
Cash: What's this for?
In hindsight, a few scenes do play out bit akin to a fictional propaganda video for the US NRA.
With the recent clamour to tighten gun control in the US, the above quoted scene, culminating in Chuck mowing down an armed intruder with another automatic rifle, seems to play on the oft repeated mantra that one has the absolute right to defend one's home. Whether that be with 'reasonable force' or not.
This film has always courted interest in it's comments on social issues (Religious fanaticism, inter-racial relationships, class, activism, weapons love, murdering for a cause, ethnic cleansing, accepting that change…
This is how the movie should've ended:
Would've boosted my rating up half a star.
Puta mierda gorda de Charlton Heston ametrallando a una secta de albinos encapuchados con gafas de sol que, aun así, es menos cutre que el "Soy leyenda" de Will Smith.
I finally got around to this one and it was kinda disappointing. Chuck Heston over-acts, per usual, and all the other actors speak a 70's lingo that gets really annoying, you dig? But I did like the exterior settings and there were a couple of shocks to be had.
This is a rewatching for me. This time around, I'm more fascinated now by how Matheson's I Am Legend is used to express middle-class white fears of the era: Cold War/WW3 and Germ Warfare - yes, but also urbanism, the Black Power movement, cultism/the Manson family. The ironic anti-Luddite thesis of the film is somewhat confounding as is the decision to find as many excuses as possible to show a saggy, aging Heston shirtless.
The Omega Man is a really odd film. It's like a low budget film shot on a big budget. At times, with its toe-tapping and wildly inappropriate score, its pasty-faced make up, jets of blood, and odd twists, it felt like a hammy post-apocalyptic film from Italy with only Charlton Heston and synchronised dialogue to remind me otherwise. This is a film with many flaws. The editing is sloppy. There's a pretty distracting use of frozen images. But I still dug The Omega Man. The empty city streets covered in trash, the insane music, the abundance of squibs, and Charlton Heston acting like a loon make this a heap of fun.
Give me I am Legend...
Heston stars as the last man on earth after the planet has been wiped out by biological warfare.
The film initially focuses on what it would be like to be in this position and that is its strongest point. Once the villains appear is gets a little goofy and heavy on the pontificating. It still looks fantastic and the 70’s aesthetics are a pleasure, as is how a poular modern genre is shown in this era.
Strangely it fails to make the most of the ”I Am Legend” title, which is surely the most interesting aspect to that novel.
|King Costranza|: Heston’s shirtless time beats out his need to end up in a Jesus pose, his love of guns, and the use of fire by the villains.
"The Omega Man" suffers from a less than ideal score and poor makeup and special effects. The movie starts out strong and relays the isolation of Robert Neville. But the second half is practically incoherent with its dated funky score and the annoyingly cult-like antagonists. From the pancake makeup to the powdered wigs they were entirely disappointing. This movie played like a bad episode of "Night Gallery". It really is an injustice to the novel from which it is based ("I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson).
Oh boy... the things that we liked as kids.
- Dead Man's Letters
- La Jetée
- The Sacrifice
- When the Wind Blows
- The Wild Angels
- The Collector
- Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Please name the track and artist and I'll stick the relevant info in the notes. I suspect this will be…
- Twelve Monkeys
- A Boy and His Dog
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Adjustment Bureau
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
The good and the bad of a world gone wrong.
Likely somewhat subjective, though I've tried to maintain consistency. See…