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Your Stars, Today, 08.06.09

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by dcairns

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Chalk another one up in my quest to see every film illustrated in Denis Gifford’s Pictorial History of Horror Movies.

From THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, a surprisingly faithful Italian-shot version of Richard Matheson’s classic novel of modern vampirism, I Am Legend. In terms of story and ideas, this would be the version the fans of the book want, except that Sidney Salkow directs with the dynamism of a dehydrated aspidistra, and Vincent Price is the universe’s least physical actor. The shots of him gangling about in the distance are pathetic in all the wrong senses of the word, and the montages of him staking vampires could be used in training films showing how not to swing a mallet. The survivalist protag needs to be played by someone able to suggest swagger and extremism: Shatner would’ve been a godsend.

Nevertheless, some interest is generated by the shambling nocturnal figures, so clearly a big influence on George Romero. He likes to claim it’s the novel that influenced him…