“Another day to live through. Better get started.” Those are the first weary words spoken by Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price
) in 1964’s The Last Man on Earth
(based on Richard Matheson
’s 1954 novel I Am Legend
), and the resignation in their delivery reflects that in a world gone to hell, perhaps the most dangerous thing of all is not the undead knocking outside on your door, but the loneliness and guilt that live with you on the inside. These painful emotions gain even deeper meanings as the film unleashes empathy along with its creatures of the night, making it an entertaining, thought-provoking, and timeless addition to Halloween movie marathons more than 55 years after its initial release.
While Price brought an eclectic array of mischievous and macabre villains to life on screen throughout his career, in The Last Man on Earth
, he plays a character with no hidden agendas or evil schemes.