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The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  8 March 1964 (USA)
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When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

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When a plague devastated life on Earth, the population died or became a sort of zombie living in the dark. Dr. Robert Morgan is the unique healthy survivor on the planet, having a routine life for his own survival: he kills the night creatures along the day and maintains the safety of his house, to be protected along the night. He misses his beloved wife and daughter, consumed by the outbreak, and he fights against his loneliness to maintain mentally sane. When Dr. Morgan finds the contaminated Ruth Collins, he uses his blood to heal her and he becomes the last hope on Earth to help the other contaminated survivors. But the order of this new society is scary. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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By night they leave their graves, crawling, shambling, through empty streets, whimpering, pleading, begging for his blood! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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The Damned Walk at Midnight  »

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Established by many reviewers (including director George A. Romero himself) as a graphic blueprint for Night of the Living Dead (1968). See more »

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In the opening scene, as the camera zooms in through the window on Dr. Morgan, the alarm clock hammer can be seen moving between the bells before the sound of the alarm is heard. See more »

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[first lines]
Robert Morgan: Another day to live through. Better get started.
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Referenced in Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Your new society sounds charming
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Why haven't I heard about this film. Matheson's "I am legend" comes to life in this truly scary film. I have never wanted such small bits of happiness to occur in my life. I found myself cheering for a wormy poodle for damn's sake, that is how much this movie has gotten to me. Price once again shows he belongs with the masters. Everybody is comparing this to NOTLD and Omega man. This movie is in a separate league, even if based of the same story. The latter 2 go for the 30 second attention span of todays movie watchers, while Last Man gets you really thinking about how to go on if you were the last man, looking for simple joys such as watching home movies, and finding frustration to the point where you can't help but laugh to keep from crying.

Not that this movie is not without faults. Apparently once you become infected you lose all body mass and a person can tuck a full grown man under his arm and throw him into a station wagon. Also the infected citizens could have been a little more convincing. I realize this is a spaghetti horror film but come on, it is easy to see how Price can sleep at nights. Finally as with most movies like this they apparently were running out of film so somebody hollered " wrap it up" and plop - there is the ending - ruining an expertly filmed first 2/3 of this movie.


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