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The Last Man On Earth

A 1964 horror/science fiction film, which based on a novel by Richard Matheson, starring Vincent Price.

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Post-apocalyptic angst galore

  • Jul 20, 2011
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Of the three film adaptations of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, this is definitely my favorite. Last Man treads lightly on the social implications of Matheson's story to concentrate on heartbreaking personal themes, but there's no denying the incalculable influence that both the book and the film have asserted on filmic realizations of vampires and zombies alike.

Although the performances of the small cast are of mixed quality, Vincent Price is - as always - larger than life, his expressions of grief, hopelessness and desperation entirely and bitterly convincing. Of Price's few heroic roles, this is surely the finest, and he plays it with great dignity. I wouldn't suggest that The Last Man on Earth is flawless; the dubbing is often conspicuously bad, many shots are sloppily executed and clumsy editing frequently makes a mess of the movie's continuity. However, these were the commonplace defects of a low-budget horror film in the '60s, and very few films of this sort were ever as chilling or as tragic as this one.
Post-apocalyptic angst galore

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review by . October 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****    Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) gets up every morning and marks each day on his current calendar with a little "X". I presume that means to symbolize each day he has successfully lived through. Then, he checks the garlic and mirrors that are placed on his door. If he needs more; then he makes a trip to town/city in his car. He goes for a ride; but not to sightsee. He has important business. Sometimes, he needs gas, sometimes he needs more garlic and another mirror …
Quick Tip by . May 24, 2010
Vincent Price
Just re-watched this for the first time in many years and it's still incredible. Character-driven, eerie, & one of Vincent Price's best roles! Not only is the film a seminal horror and science fiction film, but it is also an essential film in the history of the vampire and zombie sub-genres. Of all the films based on Richard Matheson's classic novel, this is certainly the best, whether Matheson acknowledges it or not.  
review by . April 30, 2009
IT MAY BE OLD BUT ITS STILL GOT BITE
So,I AM LEGEND has finally come out, with its big name star and its big budget and its big computer generated special effects, but when the smoke and hype cleared the fact remains that THE LAST MAN ON EARTH with Vincent Price filmed back in the 1960's in black and white with no virtually no budget and no special effects at all is still the best available adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic Horror/SciFi novel. THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is the story of a single human being and his day to …
review by . May 13, 2009
I Am Legend receives the silver screen treatment in "Last man on Earth"(1964). For once Vincent Price is actually acting for once (instead of playing himself and hamming up the joint like his Corman/A.I.P. films). The black and white cinematography adds to the films eeriness. Many of the film's elements were later taken and used in Night of the living Dead (1968). I wish this film would one day get the credit it deserves. If you want a good scare and are a huge fan of post-apocalyptic films (such …
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An Italian movie based upon the Richard Matheson novel I am Legend.  The film was originally going to be a Hammer Films production but trouble with the censors and financial backing fell through.  Was picked up by an Italian production company
Matheson wasn't pleased with the changes made to the script and the film's low production values so he gave his screen credit the pseudonym of Logan Swanson.

One of the inspirations for Night of the Living Dead.
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Director: Sidney Salkow
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 1964.3.8 (USA), 1964.8.19 (Italy)
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Richard Matheson
DVD Release Date: 2005
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Produzioni La Regina, Associated Producers (API)
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