Vincent Price gives an atypically restrained performance as the sole survivor of a worldwide plague that revives its victims as bloodthirsty vampires. During the day, he canvasses his abandoned hometown, tracking down and stalking his former friends and neighbors, always making sure to return before nightfall, when the dead rise to assault his fortified house. Hope arrives in the form of an apparently normal young woman (Franca Bettoia), but her agenda proves to be even more sinister than that of the vampires.
Based on the 1954 novel by coscripter Matheson (whose displeasure with the final product spurred the use of a pseudonym), this Italian-made production is best known for its influence on George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. The similarities between the two films go beyond the presence of shuffling zombies and housebound heroes; both feature taboo-breaking scenes of interfamilial murder, and both end on bleak, dystopian notes. While The Last Man on Earth lacks the political and darkly satirical shadings (and graphic gore) that make Night of the Living Dead a more memorable experience, the combination of Bava-esque Gothic atmosphere and bleak, documentary-style camerawork by directors Ragona and Salkow (the brother of Price's agent Lester Salkow) lend themselves to moments of pure frisson that compare laudably to Romero's film. Matheson's novel also provided the source material for the awkward 1971 Charlton Heston vehicle The Omega Man. A planned third version, helmed by Ridley Scott and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was shut down in its earliest stages due to skyrocketing budget costs. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The best of the 2 films here is Panic in the Year Zero. Frankie Avalon and Ray Milland were just great and the plot was good too.Published 3 months ago by Mark Feuer
Did order and received a false tracking number, the website of the sellers is not existing, tried to contact them many times, never responses. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2013 by roger luc chayer
This is another in the series of Midnite Madness DVDs put out by MGM some years ago.This set contains,on a dreaded double sided disc,Panic in Year Zero(released July/62)and The... Read morePublished on June 16 2012 by Robert Badgley
Legend Films presents "THE LAST MAN ON EARTH" (8 March 1964) (86 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- This is a great... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2008 by J. Lovins
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Omega men,starring Charlton... Read more
The movie "The Last Man on Earth" is one of those movies that at this point in time people may laugh at or leave the theater. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Missy