The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...
Price is a scientist who researches a serum to stop a plague that turns people into zombies. Just when he finds the antidote, he remains the last man who has not become a zombie. The entire world population, now living dead, are out for his blood.
Related News & Features
Total Recall: I Am Legend and the Work of Richard Matheson
– Rotten Tomatoes
Faked (?) "I Am Legend" Posters Hit the Wire
– Rotten Tomatoes
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
Critic Reviews for The Last Man on Earth
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.
price is grand
Price retrata com talento a angústia e o cansaço de seu personagem, mas os vampiros ridiculamente estúpidos e a dublagem capenga boicotam seus esforços.
Where the film fails as a narrative - and it fails rather mightily in places - it succeeds as a mood piece.
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.
Price plays a scientist who is the last survivor on Earth after a plague has turned the rest of the population into vampires.
Worth seeing for fans of older genre movies, even though the film's pacing is often a bit too languid for its own good.
One of Vincent Price most peculiar films, made in Italy, with poor dubbing of the Italian actors and cheesy special effects
Lesser known Price yarn has its moments.
If you are a fan of the way Vincent engages such tacky post-apocalypse fantasy subjects, this one should catch your fancy.
Flawed, but nicely grim sci-fi horror with a miscast Price
Audience Reviews for The Last Man on Earth
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.More
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.More
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.More
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.
Discuss The Last Man on Earth on our Movie forum!