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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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  • May 24, 2010
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.
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November 02, 2010
Very nice QT. How come Matheson never acknowledged it?
November 02, 2010
He was upset about the re-writes and felt that it wasn't the story he wanted to tell anymore. He even had his name changed in the credits to Logan Swanson.
November 02, 2010
ok. I remember that name. Thanks for the reminder.
 
November 02, 2010
Great tip ... much said in a very few words! I like it.
 
July 31, 2010
Absolutely. The remake doesn't come near it. I still think the new one starts off with a good premiss though--the cancer cure that runs wild. I liked that.
July 31, 2010
Yeah, I liked the origin of the epidemic and I liked some of the eerie visuals of the deserted city and the way that Neville kept himself from going mad in his isolation (Will Smith talking to the mannequins was a nice touch), but just about everything else just felt boring and derivative of other films. I kept thinking, "Hey, they stole that shot from del Toro and that one from Ridley Scott and that one from Romero." It just annoyed me how much they recycled things like that.
August 01, 2010
Did you know there's another version out called I AM OMEGA?
August 02, 2010
Really? So that means there are how many films inspired by Matheson's novella? Let's see, (1.) "The Last Man on Earth", (2.) "The Omega Man", (3.) "I Am Legend", (4.) "I Am Omega", and if you count all of the films of "Night of the Living Dead" which were inspired by "The Last Man on Earth", you end up with too many to keep track of. I hope Matheson is wealthy and happy. He's unleashed a whole slew of films on us (only of which about 10% are good). Poor guy.
August 02, 2010
I HOPE he made money off all this. The flick stars Mark Dacascos. I caught it on SyFy a couple of weeks ago. I didn't even know I could get that channel. It's something like 160! No wonder I couldn't find. Everything between 100 and160 is a pay channel.
August 02, 2010
Was it terrible? No wait, was it a SyFy original film (that's all I really need to know anyway)?
August 06, 2010
Pretty mediocre. But be fair to those SyFy "originals" They have nothing to do with making them. Jet Eller's NIGHT FEEDERS played under that banner and it's a damn good flick.
November 02, 2010
I liked the SY FY Original "Hell On Earth".
November 02, 2010
I don't recall that one. Recent?
November 07, 2010
 I don't recall hearing about HELL ON EARTH either . What was that like?
November 07, 2010
I don't think it's related to Matheson.
November 07, 2010
I don't care as long it's good.
 
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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 …
review by . July 20, 2011
Post-apocalyptic angst galore
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 - …
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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