The Last Man on Earth (1964)
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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.
The Last Man on Earth is indeed about both life and death, creation and destruction, and the fact that each facet is as grim and uninviting as the next is a chilling statement on the way things once were and the way they might one day become.
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.
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Price retrata com talento a angústia e o cansaço de seu personagem, mas os vampiros ridiculamente estúpidos e a dublagem capenga boicotam seus esforços.
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Kind've a fun adventure/horror with Vincent Price battling alone against the hordes of the undead. Although fitted with a pretty decent setup premise it does fall back on hoary horror cliches at the end, which ruins it. Still, ole Vinnie (not one of my favorite actors) manages to hold your attention till the bittersweet end, well enough to warrant two (count'em) remakes.
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.
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.
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