The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow
Starring: Vincent Price

Genre: Horror


"Do you dare to imagine what it would be like to be the last man on earth...or the last woman? Alive among the lifeless...alone among the crawling creatures of evil that make the night hideous with their inhuman craving!

Vincent Price offers an excellent performance in this chillingly provocative, science fiction / horror thriller.

No cars drive along the highways. No people walk the streets. The only few humans in view in this large metropolis are corpses. It seems like humanity has been destroyed by a horrible plague!

Scientist Robert Morgan is immune to the germ that has caused the plague and is the only survivor, that is until victims of the plague mysteriously come alive and are transformed into vampires who lust after Morgan's blood!

The cloves of garlic he leaves outside his living quarters aren't quite enough to keep these demons away. Dr. Morgan will be very busy trying to uncover their whereabouts and destroy them by driving stakes through their hearts. At night, they circle his house, beating on its sides with planks and rocks.

This existentialist horror is definitely strange, but the film's message is superior to average horror fare." - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Now this is a good horror movie! Based on the story "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson. As always, it's a pleasure to see Vincent Price on the screen, and in this one he's on screen a lot and he's giving a great performance. It's low budget, and filmed in Black & white even though it was made as late as 1964, but with this movie, this is not a negative thing at all. It makes it feel even more dark and chilling in my opinion. The crew have done a really good job at making us believe he's the last man on earth. The streets are totally deserted, with the exception of dead bodies lying around. The story works very well and you really can feel the desperation and loneliness of Price's character.
In conclusion, this is a great "End of the World" movie, with the same "feel" as many of the post nuclear war movies that's been made. I think this deserves a lot more attention then it's got.
I bought the "Madacy Records" DVD at DVD Pacific for only $3.18, and it's definantly worth it, even though there aren't many extras on the DVD. I suggest you check it out!
Highly recommended!

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