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6.9
/10
918 Ratings

The Last Man on Earth

United States, Italy, 1964
Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama

Synopsis

In a post-epidemic nightmare world, scientist Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is the only man immune to the plague which has transformed the entire population of the Earth into vampire-like creatures. He becomes the monster slayer that vampire-society fears.

Our take

What will life look like after an epidemic? If you’re asking Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, it looks very bleak indeed. Their adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic 1950s novel, “I Am Legend,” stars horror icon Vincent Price, and turns Rome into a barren and nightmarish vision of the apocalypse.

The Last Man on Earth Directed by Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow

Critics reviews

Last Man On Earth gets derided for making a hash of one of the greatest horror novels of all time, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. It should get credit for creating an aesthetic B-side to the work of the Italian modernists of the early 60s. Despite a generic American (generican?) setting, it plainly transpires in the same Italian landscape where Antonioni and Bertolucci discovered the dimensions of hell.
August 26, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Last Man on Earth

    Classic horror film represented the first adaptation of Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend' and within its budgetary limitations might still be the best one. Vincent Price is well cast as a scientist believing he is the last man on earth striving to dispatch his vampire adversaries in daylight hours while haunted by the loss of his own family. Nowhere near as dated as the seventies take on the tale; 'The Omega Man'.

  • Ginarley's rating of the film The Last Man on Earth

    By far the best telling of this story in film. The two later attempts (Omega Man and I Am Legend) failed to capture the most interesting part of the story - of a person who thinks of himself as the last bastion of good but is seen by others as the opposite. Price does a good job of conveying the character and the understated environment sets just the right tone.

  • Joel's rating of the film The Last Man on Earth

    Despite it's frustrating conclusion the setting and feel of this film won me over. I've been on a spell of apocalyptic films and so many rely on cheap jumps and action scenes. This film scares with its calm reverence for its subjects and the images linger.

  • Joe Belfeuil's rating of the film The Last Man on Earth

    Out of all of the I Am Legend adaptations I've seen, this one may be my favorite. Price turns in a haunted performance as a man who appears to have sole stewardship of earth. The vampires seem to have more in common with the Romero zombies than any other film vamps.

  • Scout Tafoya's rating of the film The Last Man on Earth

    A horror film that has a gentility about it, a sophisticated and pleasing mise-en-scene. I love watching this movie because it feels like its happening in the corner of some classics of the time, specifically Hitchcock. It's fun to imagine Cary Grant dodging planes in a field while across the ocean Vincent Price is sharpening stakes over coffee.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Last Man on Earth

    This film is sorta cool, but what I don't understand what is up with the wooden stakes and garlic if they are zombies, not vampires. They don't drink blood, and they act all dopey and move around slowly and have dark circles around their eyes like zombies. So what is up with the garlic and wooden stakes and he says he is immune to them because he was bitten by a bat. So are they zombies or vampires or what?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film The Last Man on Earth

    An ingenious revision of the Nosferatu myth, which fuses the apocalyptic epidemic with the humanization of the vampire and the puns around it. Alas! It is the latter element (the living dead motif) which abstracts from the film's exceptional cinematic splendor as this is a post-L'Eclisse world, eclipsed by the new 'blackshirts'. Price is emblematically fragile and the angst of his wife and child genuinely chilling.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Last Man on Earth

    The problem with the film is not what is shot in it - the spatiality of an eroded urbanity is magnificent, praise due to Franco Delli Colli, it is only regrettable to see it on a computer when the wide screen asks for the dimension of a movie theater screen -, but rather how it's staged and from the secondary character and performances - those vampires-zombies! - to action scenes and voice over, everything is narrow.

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