My favorite, and possibly the best adaptation, of Richard Matheson's post-apocalyptic novel "I Am Legend". Matheson even wrote the screenplay for this version under the pseudonym "Logan Swanson."
In this film version, Vincent Price gives a unusually subdued and effective performance as tortured scientist Dr. Robert Morgan. Morgan's psychological disposition is a significant element in the movie, and his struggles with despair imbue the character with intensity and gravitas. He is an ordinary, flawed man trying to deal with an extraordinary catastrophe. It also explores the loneliness of being by himself, excitement and hope of finding others, and disappointment over still finding himself alone.
Inspite of its low-budget, the filmmakers were able to create a very moody tone and creepy atmosphere that enhances Morgan's sense of loneliness and isolation. And the zombie-like vampires that Morgan hunts and kills by day, but must hold-up in his house from at night, may have inspired Romero's "Night of the Living Dead".
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