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The Last Man on Earth (1964)

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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. Curing one of them, Ruth (Franca Bettoja), with a transfusion of his blood gives him hope for the future. It is a short future, however, since the other vampires quickly find and kill him. This dark tale, based on Richard Matheson's even

Mar 4, 2003

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Some would consider this version better than the 1971 remake with Charlton Heston, The Omega Man, but that isn't much of an achievement.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This first-ever adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend is easily the most faithful of the three; unfortunately, it is also the least entertaining.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

price is grand

March 11, 2008

Price retrata com talento a angústia e o cansaço de seu personagem, mas os vampiros ridiculamente estúpidos e a dublagem capenga boicotam seus esforços.

January 4, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Where the film fails as a narrative - and it fails rather mightily in places - it succeeds as a mood piece.

December 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A chilling study of loneliness and an acting tour de force for Price as the last survivor of a dead race, and not exactly the feel-good movie of 1964.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Price plays a scientist who is the last survivor on Earth after a plague has turned the rest of the population into vampires.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Worth seeing for fans of older genre movies, even though the film's pacing is often a bit too languid for its own good.

November 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

The best Vincent Price movie.

April 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

One of Vincent Price most peculiar films, made in Italy, with poor dubbing of the Italian actors and cheesy special effects

July 22, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Lesser known Price yarn has its moments.

November 1, 2004

If you are a fan of the way Vincent engages such tacky post-apocalypse fantasy subjects, this one should catch your fancy.

September 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Flawed, but nicely grim sci-fi horror with a miscast Price

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Instead of frights it offers a somber look at an entropic world

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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Another siege in post apocalyptic worlds, the original adaptation of the book I Am Legend features a legendary villain and a different take on a clichéd variation, nowadays. Starring the incomparable B-movie villain Vincent Price in the role of the hero, he is seen as the last man on earth among a plague of epic proportions. The earth is taken over by a hoard of lifeless drones, categorized by either the claim that they are zombies or a strange mutant set of vampires. These can be seen in the 2007 remake starring Will Smith as well, but here they are simply portrayed as dowdy humans with greying skin. Price is a complex character because he is completely immune to the advances of the disease, while also having tried to cure it back when he was a research scientist with a large laboratory. Because he is the last living being, he finds he must evaporate every last one of them from the earth, starting in his own city and going block by block. The story is also told via flashbacks to when the disease began manifesting, his wife and child's fates, and mass evacuation and disinfecting of the city. The twist ending and subsequent dramatic denouement really hold the attention of the audience after the heavyhanded storytelling behind the sprawling backstory. The acting was corny, and there wasn't anything too original to unearth in this less is more style film. The one major problem I hold against it is the obviously flawed dubbing, which is the worst distraction. I did enjoy the simplistic narration, the hammy acting from Price, and the dreary nature of the setting. Really a gem of a small film that has lasted in many people's minds for decades after.
June 15, 2012
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The first adaptation of Richard Matheson's horror novel "I Am Legend", this schlocky flick benefits greatly from Vincent Price's performance. Although he isn't cut out for physical acting, Price skillfully portrays the awful effects of loneliness and the challenges of finding the will to live in a world that has fallen to vampiric zombies. Despite it's obviously low budget, the film does a good job in setting up the mood of hopelessness. It does such a good job at executing somber atmosphere and mood that some of it's narrative shortcomings can be forgiven. If you can ignore the crude production value, "The Last Man on Earth" delivers as a somber post-apocalyptic mood piece.
May 26, 2012
Christopher Heim

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Robert Morgan: You're freaks, all of you! All of you, freaks, mutations! 

"Do you dare to imagine what it would be like to be... the last man on earth... or the last woman?"

Now that I have seen all three of the movies based on the I Am Legend story; I can't say I really like any of them a lot. I think The Omega Man and I Am Legend are both decent, if really flawed films. As for The Last Man on Earth; I didn't like it at all. There wasn't a moment while watching it where I was either appreciating what I was seeing or enjoying what I was seeing. There's a fine line between this story being suspenseful or just plain boring, and this film hit on the boring side.

If I can say one good thing about it, it is that it does have a strong presence from Vincent Price. But the other two have stars in this role as well, with Charlton Heston in The Omega Man and Will Smith in I Am Legend. Vincent Price was never a bad guy to put in a movie back in the 50's and 60's. But his presence alone isn't enough to save an overall bad movie. 

Maybe had I watched it when it first came out back in the 60's, I would have enjoyed it more. Watching it now, it is really easy to see that it just hasn't aged well. The little family flashback to before the disease was so bad. Just horrible acting by everyone not named Vincent Price. The score was bad and really annoying. I just couldn't get into this movie at all. I'm glad I watched it, just because I like Vincent Price, but I don't envision myself ever watching it again.
October 24, 2011
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Melvin White

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If you're a huge fan of Price, like me, you will want to see this movie. Not only is he the main character, but he's the only character for most of the movie since he's the last man on Earth. This is the first adaptation of the I Am Legend story, and my favourite because of Price's great performance and the cool style of the film. I love this movie, and I recommend seeing it. If Vincent Price is the last man on Earth, I want to be the last woman on Earth! :)
December 2, 2010
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