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THE LAST MAN ON EARTH/ LAST
WOMAN ON EARTH
Starring Vincent Price,
Based on Richard Matheson's SF thriller I AM LEGEND, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is
about a man who survives a global plague only to be stalked nightly by
zombielike victims who call out his name. Vincent Price stars as Robert Morgan,
a scientist who tried desperately to come up with a cure for an airborne virus
that was killing people around the globe. Although he could not develop a serum
in time to save his family, he himself seems to be immune from the disease.
Thus, he is left to wander the streets by day, staking zombies, then barricading
himself in his house each night as the zombies try to break in and kill him.
Price is excellent in the role, going about his horrible business as if it were
just another day: waking up and eating breakfast, putting on a suit, calmly
staking the zombies, making dinner, listening to records at night. But when he
suddenly sees what looks like another living soul out in the daylight, his world
is suddenly turned inside out.
Starring Robert Towne,
Anthony Carbone, Betsy Jones Moreland
A gangster named Harold (Anthony Carbone), his moll, Mary-Belle (Betsy Jones
Moreland), and his lawyer, Martin (Robert Towne), are scuba diving in Puerto
Rico when H-bombs wipe out the world. Since these three happened to be
underwater at the time, they are the sole survivors and get to wander the empty
streets and engage in lots of dialogue about humankind's future. Eventually the
men fight over who will mate with Mary-Belle and rebuild civilization. Martin is
afraid if she spawns with the thuggish Harold, the world will be repopulated
with violent people doomed to a future of more bomb building. On Harold's side
is the strong-survive theory of Darwinian natural selection. At least the three
get to enjoy some crowd-free shopping before the inevitable showdown. This was
the first filmed script by costar Towne (credited as Edward Wain), who would
later become the highly respected writer of CHINATOWN and THE LAST DETAIL.
Director Roger "King of the Bs" Corman filmed it while on vacation in Puerto
Rico, where he also made CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA with the same cast and
crew and produced BATTLE OF BLOOD ISLAND, all on the same trip.