‘The Last Man on Earth‘ (1964) stars Vincent Price and is basically a movie adaptation of the Richard Matheson book ‘I Am Legend‘.
Matheson actually helped with the script but soon became dissatisfied with it and chose to be credited under a different name.
The plot involves a sole survivor of a catastrophe that has turned most of the people in the world into undead vampires that stalk the living at night.
Vincent Price plays Dr. Robert Morgan who scavenges for food and resources by day, and secures himself in his house a night and defends himself against the regular onslaught of the ghouls.
George A. Romero has spoken many times of the influence that ‘I Am Legend‘ had on him and on his influential zombie film ‘Night of the Living Dead‘.
The theatrical posters for the film were very much in a Gothic horror style – large imposing houses, moonlight nights etc….
The Last Man on Earth