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TCM does Last man

12.29.2006by: Scott Carmichael

My all time favorite Vincent Price film will be gracing the screen tomorrow night as TCM Underground shows off the 1964 masterpiece THE LAST MAN ON EARTH.

Many of you may be familiar with this film, especially since the book that it's based on, I am Legend by Richard Matheson, is once again being redone on film with Will Smith taking the place of Vincent Price.

For those of you unfamiliar with the work of Matheson or this film, here's how the story goes: A strange plague hits the earth and turns the survivors into vampires, with the exception of Robert Morgan, a scientist who many years before contracted a fever that made him immune to the plague. Morgan's daily routine is to clear the streets of dead bodies and to seek out the vampires, who sleep by day, and drive stakes through their hearts. At night he wards off the roaming vampires with mirrors and garlic.

I know that I say this a lot, but if you ever take my recommendation about seeing a movie, let this be the one. Price is at his best here, and the film, which does differ slightly from the book, still brings Matheson's story to life in an extraordinary way. (I am Legend is also my favorite book of all time, so you know that I must mean this!)

To find out when the film's playing in your neck of the woods tomorrow night, click here

Source: TCM Underground



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