Based on Richard Matheson's SF thriller "I am legend",
the movie is about a man who survives a global plague only to be stalked nightly
by undead victims who call out his name. Vincent Price stars as Robert Morgan,
a scientist who tried desperately to come up with a cure for a virus that was
killing people around the globe. Although he could not develop a serum in time
to save his family - not to mention the rerst of the world - he himself seems
to be immune from the disease.
- Directed by Sidney Salkow
on Richard Matheson's novel 'I Am Legend'
- Writers: William F. Leicester,
Richard Matheson (as Logan Swanson)
Vincent Price as Robert
Franca Bettoia as Ruth Collins
Emma Danieli as Virginia Morgan
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart as Ben Cortman
Umberto Raho as Dr. Mercer
Courtland as Kathy Morgan
Antonio Corevi as Governor
Ettore Ribotta as
- Produced by Robert L. Lippert
- Original Music by Paul
Sawtell, Bert Shefter
- Cinematography by Franco Delli Colli
Editing by Gene Ruggiero, Franca Silvi
and Vincent Price have blessed this movie with a reputation for being a fine attempt
to film a classic book. Sadly, neither the book, the movie, nor Mr Price deserve
the reverence. It's a poor story, made into a cheap movie. Price is not at his
As the failed and lonely scientist condemned to watch his family and
friends die around him, Price might be forgiven for sleepwalking through a morose
voiceover and a lonely existence.
But if he were so conscious of being
that Last Man, surely he's do more than board up the windows of his suburban semi
and spend his days dumping staked vampires into a tip?
And the vampires?
The undead problem follows an airborne plague, and the victims have nothing in
common with vampires, except a fear of mirrors and an allergy to garlic; the vampire
claim is tenuously linked to Our Hero's immunity following a bat bite. Which no-one
troubles to investigate, even our hero until a little late in the day.
undead lurch around like any respectable zombie; having a particular joy in whacking
walls with seven foot poles, occasionally breaking a window. There's no hint of
any traditional vampire powers, or blood sucking, or ifection via the fangs; of
which there are none. They don't even want to consume or turn our hero; just to
As a zombie movie, it's a little "so what", as a vampire
movie, forget it.