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6.8
/10
1,069 Ratings

The Last Man on Earth

United States, Italy, 1964
Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama

Synopsis

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.

Our take

What will life look like after an epidemic? If you’re asking Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, it looks very bleak indeed. Their adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic 1950s novel, “I Am Legend,” stars horror icon Vincent Price, and turns Rome into a barren and nightmarish vision of the apocalypse.

The Last Man on Earth Directed by Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow

Critics reviews

Last Man On Earth gets derided for making a hash of one of the greatest horror novels of all time, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. It should get credit for creating an aesthetic B-side to the work of the Italian modernists of the early 60s. Despite a generic American (generican?) setting, it plainly transpires in the same Italian landscape where Antonioni and Bertolucci discovered the dimensions of hell.
August 26, 2015
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