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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

In celebration of Vincent Price's birthday yesterday, I sat down and watched, "The Last Man on Earth"...

Dr. Robert Morgan lives in a world of the undead.  By day, he goes around to the various vampiric safe houses, and destroys the foul creatures.  By night, he searches for a cure to the plague that has turned humanity into the blood sucking monsters.  Soon however, Morgan learns who the real monster is...

This is one of those films that is considered to be one of Vincent Price's classics.  It's not a bad movie- but it's not a great one either.  I enjoyed it, but not enough that I would re-watch it unless it was a Vampire Movie Night.

The story is based on Richard Matheson's novel, "I Am Legend."  Even though he acknowledged it as following his story quite closely (and he helped write the sceenplay), he was dissatisfied with the end result.

It's a bit of a mixed bag.  The story is interesting, as are the characters.  There is even some decent camera work, and Vincent Price does an excellent job- though Matheson felt he was miscast.  If anything, the film is hampered by a lack of budget, and problems with production values.

There's not much I can say about, "The Last Man on Earth."  It's an... average movie, so it finds a spot in 'The Bad".

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