“The Last Man on Earth” is a 1964 science fiction horror film directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow. The movie is based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel “I Am Legend.” It stars Vincent Price as Dr. Robert Morgan, a scientist who is the only survivor of a global pandemic that has turned everyone else into vampire-like creatures.
The film begins with a series of flashbacks showing how the world was affected by the pandemic. Dr. Morgan is shown burying his wife and child and then working tirelessly to find a cure for the virus. He becomes the last man on Earth after the pandemic has wiped out the rest of humanity, and he spends his days scavenging for supplies and killing the “vampires” that emerge at night.
As time goes on, Dr. Morgan’s mental and physical health deteriorate, and he becomes increasingly isolated and desperate. He believes that he is the only human left alive and longs for companionship. However, his attempts to connect with other survivors are met with violence and betrayal, and he is forced to continue his solitary existence.
In the end, Dr. Morgan is captured and sentenced to death by a group of surviving vampires who have developed a new society based on their own set of values. The film ends with Dr. Morgan’s execution, leaving the audience to wonder about the fate of the world and the possibility of any other survivors.
Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow
Richard Matheson, William F. Leicester, Furio M. Monetti
Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli