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Gurglings of a Putrid Stream

Thoughts on books and other assorted topics.

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My name:  Brian Martin

The Last Man on Earth (1954), directed by Ubaldo Ragona

The first of three adaptations of Richard Matheson’s novel, I Am Legend, and partly written by Matheson himself (credited as Logan Swanson). The film stars Vincent Price as Dr. Robert Morgan, the last human survivor of a plague that turns people into the walking undead (they walk like zombies, they’re as slow-witted as the walking dead, but, like vampires, they fear garlic and they are only able to come out at night). Naturally they want to kill Morgan. One of those movies (severely lacking any sense of urgency) that hides its secret to its own detriment. Let’s just say it has to do with the title of the book. Dull, for the most part.

 

I will add to this that I accept that I appear to be in a small minority, in that I'm not a fan of Matheson's book, either.  Nor did I enjoy either of the other two theatrical adaptations, The Omega Man and the Will Smith version.  This little franchise is batting .000 with me.