The Last Man on
Directed by Ubaldo
Last Man on Earth is based on the Richard Matheson novel, I am Legend.
Vincent Price stars as Dr. Robert Morgan who is, as the title suggests,
the last man on earth. Last man he may be, but Dr Morgan is not
completely alone on the planet. He shares it with hoards of hungry
vampires that are all out for his blood; so he has to stay home at
night and spends his evenings listening to records and nursing a glass
of wine while the vampires try and break into the house, gatecrash his
party and try to get a free drink out of him.
Morgan is reasonably safe from the blood thirsty
vampires though. He has turned his home into a fortress with mirrors on
the doors, boards on the windows, and garlic on both.
During the daylight hours the vampires sleep and Morgan goes
hunting—armed with a bag of wooden stakes and a mallet. When Morgan
starts knock-knock-knocking on wood it's bad luck for the vampires on
the receiving end.
The vampires in The Last Man on Earth
are unusually slow-moving for blood-suckers and appear to have all the
get up and go of the average zombie. This is just one of many ways The Last Man on Earth
differs from the majority of vampire movies and it may be a little hard
some viewers to get used to such unconventional vampires.
The movie begins by showing the viewer scenes of empty city streets
where bodies lie sprawled in the sun. Then the camera zooms in through
a window and finds Morgan sleeping. His alarm clock wakes him
up and last man on earth begins his daily routine—checking
the garlic hasn't lost its smell, that the boards remain in place over
the windows, the mirrors are intact, and the generator in the garage
has enough fuel. To add a little extra variety to his routine he turns
on his lathe and knocks out a few wooden stakes ready to
distribute amongst the vampire population later in the day.
Towards the middle of the movie there is a flash-back sequence that
serves to explain to the viewer the reasons behind Morgan's and indeed
the planet's present situation, and what became of his family.
Later still there is a sequence where Morgan finds a dog that also
appears to have escaped being infected with the vampire-creating virus.
Then, towards the end of the movie, it seems that Morgan might not be
entirely alone after all because he encounters a young woman swinging
her arms as she enjoys a stroll in the noon-day sun.
Those viewers, who have already read Matheson's classic story cannot
fail to notice The Last
Man on Earth doesn't follow the original storyline very
closely. It is still a good movie in its own right though, and well
... Kathy Morgan
Ribotta ... TV Reporter
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