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The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 May 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.

Directors:

Ubaldo Ragona (as Ubaldo B. Ragona), Sidney Salkow

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay) (as Logan Swanson), William F. Leicester (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Dr. Robert Morgan
Franca Bettoia ... Ruth Collins
Emma Danieli Emma Danieli ... Virginia Morgan
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Ben Cortman (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Umberto Raho ... Dr. Mercer (as Umberto Rau)
Christi Courtland Christi Courtland ... Kathy Morgan
Antonio Corevi Antonio Corevi ... Governor (as Tony Corevi)
Ettore Ribotta Ettore Ribotta ... TV Reporter (as Hector Ribotta)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Alive among the lifeless... alone among the crawling creatures of evil that make the night hideous with their inhuman craving! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Vincent Price admitted in later years, to having a fondness for the movie and rated it as superior to "The Omega Man" (1971). See more »

Goofs

Morgan drops his bag of stakes on the driveway before loading the bodies into his car, then he gets directly into the car without picking up the stakes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert Morgan: Another day to live through. Better get started.
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Alternate Versions

In the DVD and video versions near the end we hear a baby wailing butdon't see it. The Sci-Fi channel version it shows the baby and its mother. See more »

Connections

Referenced in De Kijk van Koolhoven: Post-apocalyptische film (2018) See more »

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Price gets apocalyptic in this extraordinary zombie flick!
8 June 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Made four years before Night of the Living Dead, The Last Man on Earth tells a very similar story. Based on Richard Matheson's novel "I Am Legend", the film tells the tale of a terrible plague that has wiped out all of mankind and replaced them with vampire-zombie like creatures. Well, it's almost wiped mankind out - one man, Vincent Price, still remains. Now that he has inherited the Earth, the last surviving human has to hunt these creatures by day and then hole up in his house during the night. Vincent Price says most of dialogue in voice over, which gives this apocalyptic horror film a great element of pessimism, which is essential in order for the film to work. The way that Price reads his lines is done in such a way that it seems he has simply given up all hope, and this helps the tragic element of the movie, which is this film's main backbone. The dreary black and white cinematography helps this element of the film also, as it adds the degree of hopelessness and pessimism, which this story thrives on.

Quite how this film has reached the ripe old age of forty and still not garnered the praise and respect it deserves is beyond me. While Night of the Living Dead deserves the praise for 'really' creating the zombie movie that we all now know and love, this film got the theme first, and thus deserves it's place in the annals of film history. The story, even without the horror of the zombie creatures, still makes for fascinating food for thought. The idea of being left all alone on the Earth is simultaneously fascinating and horrifying, and by showing us the things that the protagonist has do every day to ward off the vampires (mirrors and garlic on the doors, hunting them by day), along with such quotes as "another day to live through" show the true horror of the idea behind the film. Of course, Vincent Price is one of the greatest actors of all time and his presence in the movie is easily one of the highlights. Price's great screen presence helps to offset the obvious low budget of the film and even during the slower moments, The Last Man on Earth still ensures that we are interested in what's going on, just by the fact that Price is there. On the whole, this is an extraordinarily brilliant film and one that deserves your viewing!


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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

6 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Damned Walk at Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Lazio, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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