October 2, 2016

The Last Man on Earth (1964).

Review #843: The Last Man on Earth.

Vincent Price (Dr. Robert Morgan), Franca Bettoia (Ruth Collins), Emma Danieli (Virginia Morgan), Giacomo Rossi-Stuart (Ben Cortman), Umberto Raho (Dr. Mercer), and Christi Courtland (Kathy Morgan) Directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow.

Based off the novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (which inspired George Romero to make Night of the Living Dead), this was an Italian production that was released by American International Pictures, who have been covered before (#592 - Dementia 13, #654 - The Screaming Skull, #656 - Invasion of the Saucer Men, #792 - Black Sabbath) on this show. Price does a fairly decent job, but I find him to be more fun in other movies when he is playing something with a bit more edge to it, as strange as it seems. Bettoia is only in the last half of the movie, but she is moderately enjoyable. The movie does at least have some sort of downbeat mood that is fairly consistent, with some fine scenes of showing the main character in his desperation. The vampires aren't really anything too scary, but they do provide an adequate enemy for Price. The flashback scenes are okay, helping to make Price a bit more developed. It sometimes seems a bit hokey, but it is at least entertaining enough in serving its purpose. The climax has some decent enough tragedy, at least. At 86 minutes, it is a movie that doesn't really go too long, and if you're looking for a Vincent Price horror film this may work for you.

Overall, I give it 7 out of 10 stars.

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