The Last Man on Earth (1964)

“Another day to live through. Better get started.” I have to admit I occasionally find Vincent Price insufferable when he hams it up TOO much. However, I think the “Master of Menace” was perfectly cast as “Dr. Robert Morgan” in The Last Man on Earth. Morgan is the only survivor of a worldwide plague that transforms victims into zombie-like vampires. Based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel, I Am Legend, this entertaining science fiction horror movie was filmed in Rome and directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow. The tagline screamed: “By night they leave their graves … crawling, shambling, through empty streets … whimpering, pleading, begging for his blood!” George Romero’s 1968 horror classic, Night of the Living Dead, was reportedly strong influenced by The Last Man on Earth. Other film versions of I Am Legend include The Omega Man in 1971 with Charlton Heston and I Am Legend in 2007 with Will Smith. Matheson cowrote the script but was reportedly unhappy with the finished product (he allegedly thought that Price was miscast, among other issues) and therefore chose to be credited as “Logan Swanson.”

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