Movie Review: The Last Man On Earth (1964)

I didn’t realize, before I started watching this, that it was also a movie version of I Am Legend. I just saw a movie about a virus and Vincent Price and signed on to watch it. After several just atrocious movies in this pandemic themed series of movies (to the extent I’m ready to give it a rest on reviewing movies…), this was a great change of pace. This movie is fantastic, even if most of the fantastic if Price himself.

The movie follows the same path as the latter adaptions, so there’s not really a lot to add to the story aspect. But being an older, black and white adaptation… there’s something to it I can’t quite put my finger on that is appealing. It isn’t just Price, it’s my general fondness of older movies, I think. They tell the story well here, and the emotional anguish in the flashbacks set the tone really well. The effects of being alone and isolated are portrayed in quite the fashion by Vincent Price.

All in all, this is a great movie, and I’m putting it in the top *two* for this set.

Two movies left to go.

1. 28 Days Later
2. Contagion
2. The Last Man On Earth
4. Outbreak
5. 12 Monkeys
6. 28 Weeks Later
6. I Am Legend
6. The Omega Man

11. Pandemic (2016)
12. Toxic Skies.
13. Pandemic (2009)

Report card
Runtime: An hour twenty-six.
Acting: Pretty great.
Effects: There’s not a lot of effects in 1964…
Violence: Minor.
Dead Townsfolk: Most of us, again.
Revenge Kills: No.
Gun Use: Maybe “stake use” is a better category.
Gore: No.
Creepy? No.
Monster Type? A virus.
Monster Ick Factor: No.
Funny? No.
Nudity: No.
Pet Death: “Well, there would have to be.”
Pacing: Pretty decent — this is a relatively short movie.

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