The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow direct Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia and Emma Danieli in this indie horror where a lone survivor of a vampire zombie apocalypse holes up in his home.

The first attempt to adapt Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. Bleak and hammy at the same time, though Price (the Nicolas Cage of his day) almost ensures these qualities. Also filmed in Rome’s EUR region (featuring distinctive concrete futurist architecture) this could easily be the immediate sequel to the quiet cataclysm we see in Antonioni’s L’Eclisse. That film ends with an eerie depopulation of the streets, here Price, when not barricading himself away from clumsy reekers, desperately scours the same abandoned suburbs. While often cheap and ineffective, a lot of the imagery predates future zombie classics uncannily.


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