The Last Man on Earth (1964)
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
The Last Man on Earth (1964)

ACMI presents

The Last Man on Earth

Sidney Salkow | Italy, USA | 1964 | PG

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A precursor to the zombie film as we know it today, and a major source of inspiration for George Romero's Night of the Living Dead.

After a virus sweeps through the world transforming people into the vampiric undead, a doctor mourning the loss of his family leads a solitary life. Days are spent disposing of corpses and searching for a cure, but when the sun sets the undead come out from the shadows and descend upon the doctor's house.

Curator's Note

Based on the book I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – yes, the book was also adapted into The Omega Man (1971) and I am Legend (2007) – the 1964 adaptation has developed a cult following despite not being a big box office hit at the time.

Credited as a major influence on George A. Romero and his genre-defining vision of slow-moving zombies gathering en masse, the film also offers an aesthetic touchpoint with its crisp black-and-white photography and eerie Rome-filmed streetscapes.

Released the same year as The Masque of the Red Death (1964), this film also stars a mid-career Vincent Price who by this stage was an iconic fixture of horror cinema.

– Reece Goodwin; Curator (Film & TV)

Format: DCP
Language: English
Runtime: 86 min

Event duration

86 mins




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