The film The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror movie that is set in a post apocalyptic world that has been overrun by vampires. The vampires were created when a plague spread throughout the world, turning humans into vampire like creatures. One man is immune to the disease and devotes his time to finding a cure, while fending off attacking vampires. Eventually he stumbles across other people who claim to have found a cure, but he soon realizes that the cure is not perfect.
The Last Man on Earth was based on the novel I Am Legend, written by Richard Matheson. It was directed by Sidney Salkow and Ubaldo Ragona and starred Vincent Price. It was released on March 8th, 1964 by American International Pictures. Upon release, the film was not considered a great success. Many critics enjoyed the story, but thought the film was held back by a low budget. In recent years the film has gained in popularity and has been rereleased by MGM in 2005. Although it may not be the most popular horror film, it is still a great classic movie that should be enjoyed by fans of the classic horror genre. The film I Am Legend, released in 2007, is also based on the novel of the same name but there are many differences between the two films. It received generally positive reviews. The Omega Man, which was released in 1971 also is based on Richard Matheson's novel. This film also differed in its interpretation of the original story, and garnered mixed reviews. Of the three, The Last Man on Earth's story is the closest to the original novel. This film is also said to have inspired the filming of Night of the Living Dead.
Because The Last Man on Earth's copyright was not renewed 28 years after its release, it has fallen into the public domain. Like many other classic horror movies, this has helped sustain the popularity of the movie. The film below is the best quality version that I could find. The first film is the colorized version and the film underneath is the original black and white version. They are both presented in HD in the correct widescreen format.