Last Man on Earth (1964)

Mike Matei / October 17th, 2015

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  • Benjamin Turney

    October 17, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I think it’s kind of creepy that they can talk…..Will Smith’s was ’07 I think

    • y2j420

      October 17, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Mike/James,

      Any chance you guys will get to American Gothic this year? I remember watching it on Svenghoulie in the 1990’s and then premise is just disturbing…even with Svenghoulie interjecting his humor into it…

    • October 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      I know right? Instead of just banging on the doors trying to get in some of them actually taunt him and remind him that they were friends of his in life.
      (shudders)
      Creepy stuff. The Vampire Apocalypse genre is ridiculously underrated.

      • October 18, 2015 at 1:16 am

        I thought The Quiet Earth was muuuuuuch better. It was Excellent!

  • October 17, 2015 at 5:36 am

    They picked some stuff from night of the living dead, picked some stuff of them own, and all movies have escalated mostly the same, great ones did

  • Lbirkhead

    October 17, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Been waiting for this one! It’s too bad Matheson didn’t live to see a really solid adaptation of his book. This was easily the best but still a missed opportunity — didn’t he write the screenplay under pseudonym ? Did I dream that?

  • October 17, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Price rules. I love it when you give lots of info like this in your reviews.

  • NashKnight

    October 17, 2015 at 7:08 am

    None of the movies managed to accurately show all the splendor of the book, I recommend you read it, it’s much, much better than any of the movie adaptations.

  • October 17, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Nice choice!

  • lghyourinmaru

    October 17, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Please, cinnemassacre, please let me continue watch videos after a short break…it freezes when you pauze to long <.<

  • Mike Furlong

    October 17, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I have this and the original house on haunted hill on a dvd bought at walmart. I love both movies. Vincent Price was the best.

  • Allen Lucas

    October 17, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Will Forte’s got nothing on Vincent Price!

  • October 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

    So these zombies are vampires because they hate sunlight. The zombies in I Am Legend are vampires as well. Could have I Am Legend inspire from Last Man On Earth?

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 17, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Vincent Price carried whatever e does movies, TV, whatever. He was that amazing.

  • Velocium

    October 17, 2015 at 11:04 am

    James, Mike, you know, Zombies Ate My Neighbors would be a great idea for a movie with all the classic monsters. A classic game that has potential to reignite the flame for those monsters lost in time. If you ever played the game, I think you would strongly agree. I mean there is a plot already laid out. You’ll probably need to tweek it a bit, cause the game itself doesn’t really give a detailed explanation besides the fact that the chaos was caused by a mad scientist names Dr. Toungue. Questions linger on like How, when, and where we’re never really explained to me whenever I played the game.anyways, I’m just a huge fan of that game and it would be cool to know what your thoughts would be on this idea.

  • October 17, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I love Last Man On Earth. And I love Omega Man more! But for some reason I can’t find a copy of Last Man On Earth out in the Wild. I thought this might be a great place to plug a thing I did about the history of “Living Dead” movies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2gBvRNRLl8

  • Belial

    October 17, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Last Man on Earth was an adaptation of the novel “I Am Legend,” which was later adapted as… the Omega Man with Charlton Heston(I’m kind of surprised you didn’t know this). And more recently it was again remade as, well, I Am Legend with Will Smith.

    Romero has openly stated that his film was Last Man on Earth without zombies.

    • Belial

      October 17, 2015 at 11:13 am

      *er, without vampires

    • jdweitzel

      October 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

      He specifically stated this in the video. Did you not watch all of it before commenting?

      • Belial

        October 17, 2015 at 10:33 pm

        Let’s see, he asked if the movie Last Man on Earth was based on a Twilight Zone episode – so no, he didn’t know it was from a book. He asks why they never made any movies with a better name than Last Man on Earth, so no, he never mentions Omega Man. And he never mentions I Am Legend. He postulates that Romero took his ideas from Last Man on Earth, but he doesn’t mention Romero specifically stated it himself.

        So, exactly what did I say in my post that he “stated in the video?” I’m really curious to know.

    • October 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Um, thats all mentioned in the video….

      • Belial

        October 17, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        He says it earlier but then later contradicts it. Nevermind, guess you’re the ones who didn’t watch it all.

      • Fred Fuchs

        October 20, 2015 at 4:31 am

        lmao Belial BTFO by not watching videos and commenting like an idiot

    • The Wicker Man

      October 17, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      Try as you might to back track, had you watched the whole video before commenting (it still baffles me why people do such a thing) then you wouldn’t have posted this.

  • October 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    haha James, i am legend came out in 2007 not 2011.

  • sexconker

    October 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    They’re like vampires because originally vampires were pretty much what people think of as zombies now.

  • Mac Tonight

    October 17, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Vincent price is a true legend of cinema. I don’t know if you’ve ever done a review of Edward scissor hands but I would class it as a horror comedy, I also thought it was Vincent prices last movie?

  • Robert Hoffman

    October 17, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    James review the room. That’s a horrifying movie if I’ve ever seen one

  • October 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I’m so glad you covered this movie, James. I love this film! It’s my favourite adaptation of “I Am Legend” (“Omega Man” was cool too, but I think the Will Smith movie is terrible) .

    Also, two staples of current zombie movies seem to have come from this rather than “Night of the Living Dead”. The idea of a global Zombie apocalypse, and the idea of a Zombie virus. In “Night of the Living Dead” society still exists and there’s no explanation for the existence of zombies.

  • October 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    The film “I am Legend” took the title of the book, but never bothered to explain what it meant. The character is supposed to come to a realization that he is essentially a reverse Dracula of sorts. That to the creatures, he’s a legendary monster that kills them by day and who can walk in the sunlight.

  • Anime Freak

    October 17, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Omega Man….this is so much like Omega Man!

    • October 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Omega Man is another adaptation of the book that this film is adapted from. Its mentioned in the video.

  • MonkeeJuice

    October 17, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I prefer The Omega Man

  • October 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Very nice video! Many great connections where made! 😀

  • Spottedfeather

    October 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    why all the non Halloween movies ?

    • JayRam

      October 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Not to be a dick, but are you new around here? Since the beginning, James has always reviewed monster movies.

      But more to the point: What do you mean, “non Halloween movies”? The series, with Michael Myers? Movies centered around the holiday itself? Your comment is too vague.

      • Spottedfeather

        October 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

        it’s not vague to people with more than two braincells. He’s been talking about movies that aren’t in the Halloween vein. Misery isn’t a Halloween movie. Last Man On Earth isn’t a Halloween movie. Human Centipede isn’t a Halloween movie. Silence Of The Lambs isn’t a Halloween movie. Little Shop Of Horrors isn’t a Halloween movie. Candyman isn’t a Halloween movie. The Ring isn’t a Halloween movie.

        Halloween movies involve zombies, vampires, ghosts….stuff like Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy…stuff like that. Just because a movie is scary doesn’t make it a Halloween movie. And I’m willing to bet that I’ve been a fan longer than you….

    • October 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      I dont think that there are enough Halloween movies to support 9 years of Monster Madness

  • gone with the vint

    October 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    As you can see @ 3:19 in this vid, they filmed this scene in Rome at the EUR area, which was designed and build in the 1930s for the world fair in 1942 to celebrate 20 years of fascism in Italy. BTW, good review as always!

  • greedo

    October 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Wasn’t aware of this film, but I guess I’m going to have to check it out! 🙂 Didn’t know that it was an adaptation of I Am Legend. Interesting connection to Twilight Zone, too. Never would have guessed!

  • October 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I’m surprised Y: The Last Man the comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan wasn’t mentioned as well. It’s fantastic!

  • Guillaume Beck

    October 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Didn’t knew it was public domain ! Damn ! Good news here ! I LOVE this movie, I LOOOOOOOOOOVE Vincent Price … as far as I’m concerned this is my ultimate “Vincent Price movie”, even more than the fly, house of wax or whatever !
    This guy manage to be a father figure, a magnificent loser and an old friend, all at the same time. You can feel how kind this man certainly was when you see him on screen, you can’t help but feel like you met him before and shared some drinks and stories with him. Don’t know many actors who give you this strange feeling of intimacy.

  • The Wicker Man

    October 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    99.9% of the time i’ve watched all the movies you review (still enjoy the reviews though), but i’ve never seen this one so i’ll check it out! (anything with Vincent Price in it is worth a watch – that voice alone is magical)

  • October 18, 2015 at 1:18 am

    The Quiet Earth, James, watch that one!

  • fcabanski

    October 18, 2015 at 1:56 am

    How about “Angry Video Game Survivor”?

  • gluserty

    October 18, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Yeah, knowing about this film now DOES blow my mind.

  • kabukiman

    October 18, 2015 at 10:47 am

    You forgot I Am Omega from 2007 with Mark Dacascos
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1075746/

  • matthew church

    October 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I saw this movie before,never though it would be on MM

  • October 18, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    To me, Night of the Living Dead (1968) is THE original zombie movie. I understand that people want to delve into a film’s possible inspirations to give credit where its due and to better understand the coming-about of a genre. But there was just something about Night of the Living Dead that appealed to me then and to this day. The remake was even awesome, and I’d watch either to this day. Great review though James. I really enjoy learning about those quirky little coincidences that tie seemingly unrelated movies together (like Last Man on Earth being made in ’64, but set in ’68 when Night of the Living Dead released). So far its been an awesome Monster Madness 🙂

  • PPerfect_CJ

    October 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

    “I Am Legend” with Will Smith is a good movie, but after the scene with his dog, I’ve never been able to watch it, again. That really got to me.

  • TagaZok

    October 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Vincent Price you can’t go wrong with a movie when Price in it !! This movie is on my check list of this year ^^

  • Tanooki suit mario

    October 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Hmm I wonder who the next to the last man on earth was? No one ever talks about him. It might make a good prequel.

  • October 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I am Legend is such a good book but very depressing.

  • Sweetdeath

    October 20, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Love it. I saw the Twilight zone episode but never this movie. I’m going to have to check it out. Vincent Price is great.

  • low_tone1

    October 21, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Vincent Price absolutely carried this movie. His charisma and ability to portray subtle emotion through narration set the tone for what (I agree with James) could have been a boring film. As far as adaptations go, this one is also very close to the original, keeping the ending in tact. I Am Legend with Will Smith changed the ending, which may have worked better for that particular film.

  • ninjamohawk

    October 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Damn there’s a color movie or short film where it just shows long shots of empty society (uneaten food on a set table, swings, etc) and it was highly disturbing. I was hoping this was it because for years I’ve tried to remember the name of what I’m thinking of. Anyone?

  • lotusclown

    October 25, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    anyone else notice that its totally taboo to call zombies “zombies” in any horror movie about them? i’m serious try to find any zombie movie with which they’re referred to as that, you won’t be able to! they always call them something else.
    why??? i find that so strange..

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 1, 2015 at 12:11 am

    As a curiosity, its place in history, and for Vincent Price, this movie is probably worth checking out.

  • November 1, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Seriously guy, watch The Quiet Earth. It’s so underrated.

  • Ty Palmer

    November 30, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    A great movie…

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