The Last Man on Earth (1964) is a post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and starring Vincent Price. The screenplay was written by William Leicester, based on the 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. The film was released on March 8, 1964, and grossed $2.5 million at the domestic box office.

Director: Ubaldo Ragona (1912-1980) was an Italian film director who is best known for his work in the horror genre. He directed a number of films, including The Black Sabbath (1963), The Whip and the Body (1963), and The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1964).

Writer: William Leicester (1923-1987) was an American screenwriter who wrote a number of films, including The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), and Earthquake (1974).

Release Date: March 8, 1964

Domestic Box Office: $2.5 million

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

The Good

  • Vincent Price gives a memorable performance as the last man on Earth.
  • The film is atmospheric and suspenseful.
  • The special effects are impressive for the time.

The Bad

  • The film’s ending is somewhat ambiguous.
  • The film’s pacing can be slow at times.
  • The film’s violence may be too much for some viewers.

Top 5 Cast

  • Vincent Price as Dr. Robert Morgan
  • Franca Bettoia as Ruth
  • Emma Danieli as Kathy
  • Fernando Rey as Ben Cortman
  • Giacomo Furia as Police Lieutenant Tragg

“I am legend.” – Dr. Robert Morgan


  • “A stylish and suspenseful adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
  • “A harrowing and atmospheric tale of one man’s struggle to survive in a world that has been turned upside down.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times
  • “A well-made and effective horror film that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.” – Time Out New York
  • “A classic of the post-apocalyptic genre that is still as relevant today as it was when it was first released.” – Empire Magazine
  • “A must-see for fans of horror, science fiction, and Vincent Price.” – Bloody Disgusting

Cinematic Importance: The Last Man on Earth is an important film in the history of horror cinema. It is one of the first films to depict a post-apocalyptic world where the human race has been wiped out by a virus. The film’s success helped to pave the way for other post-apocalyptic films, such as The Omega Man (1971) and Night of the Living Dead (1968). The film is also notable for Vincent Price’s performance, which is considered to be one of his best.

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