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Vincent Price Double Feature: The Last Man on Earth/House on Haunted Hill

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  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0002VL08I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This Vincent Price double feature includes two of his creepy best in their original widescreen format. In the first thriller, House on Haunted Hill, a crazy zillionaire throws a strange house party and invites a motley group of people to a creepy old mansion one night - promising them ten thousand dollars each if they remain until sunrise. Director William Castle employs a wide variety of gimmicks to make this corny but enjoyable thriller work. The second feature Last Man on Earth, tells of a scientist finding himself the sole survivor of some strange plague which has devastated the world. As a result of the plague, zombie-like creatures, having the characteristics of vampires, forage in the night seeking his death. This chilling story tells how the last surviving man stalks the streets by day searching for the creatures to render them harmless by driving stakes through their hearts. Based on Richard Matheson's I Am Legend and later remade as Omega Man. Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Trailers Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital Mono; 161 minutes; B&W; 1.66:1&1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1958, 1964; SRP - $4.99.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vincent Price double-feature December 18, 2012
Product Details for this double-feature list VCI as manufacturer, but the photo at upper left suggests a generic "ACME" name. Bottom line on public domain movie sellers is few go through painstaking restoration and quality depends on source material. A good rule of thumb is: if the price is low, the end result may also look it.
(Five star rating is solely for content, not condition.)
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In HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, an exercise in deadly avarice that was shot in just two weeks by producer/director William Castle, an eccentric millionaire and his fourth wife offer $10K each to any of five guests able to survive the night in their supposedly spook-infested mansion. At midnight, all are armed with handguns. First to die is the rich man's wife, an apparant suicide by hanging. Nerves are on knife's edge and things get worse as the hour gets later. One scaredy cat, played by Elisha Cook Jr., heightens tensions with his doom and gloom pronouncements.

One of those rare high quality public domainers that gets better with each passing year, "House" is also the epitome of a Halloween movie!
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If THE LAST MAN ON EARTH seems to resemble George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), that's because Romero admittedly got his inspiration from the same book that this earlier picture is adapted from, Richard Matheson's I AM LEGEND (1954). Matheson also wrote the first script of this Vincent Price classic but was unhappy with the result, so he chose an alias, 'Logan Swanson' for screen credit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I saw this movie in the early 1960s, in the Star theater in Lebanon, Missouri. They ran coming attractions, then a B movie, followed by a cartoon, and then the A movie. Continuously, from open till close.

And you could stay in the theater as along as you liked. All for 25 cents. Milk Duds were a dime. So parents would drop their kids off unescorted for 3 or 4 hours on a Saturday, and in those days it was safe to do so.

This was a scary movie for me at the time, and it scared my little brother so bad he couldn't sleep for most of 4 days after. He still remembers the terror, 40-odd years later.

Okay, we were kids then, and this movie is definitely dated compared to today's buckets of splattering gore, but this wasn't your usual Vincent Price movie. He does what he has to do to survive, but he's so lonely. And he misses his family so much. And the zombies are just waiting for him to screw up so they can kill him. It's actually a little sad.

So if you're a horror fan and a film buff, you should definitely watch this one. Because, although not well known, it's one of the classics. Buy a box of Milk Duds too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Shakespeare January 10, 2009
Vincent Price brings a thespian elegance to everything he does, especially "The Last Man on Earth," which is basically a soliloquy for the first half of the film (except for the flashback sequence, which effectively conveys the back-story through the use of a newspaper clipping). Adding to the eerie atmosphere are the B&W cinematography, vintage 1960s cars, and the deserted streets of Rome (where the movie was filmed). The zombies predate "Night of the Living Dead" and are said to have inspired George Romero. Both movies are decent prints reasonably free from artifacts and not too dark, which makes this budget double-feature from Acme DVD Works something of a bargain, although the Midnite Movies double-feature, while a little more expensive, has a nice pairing of "The Last Man on Earth" with "Panic in the Year Zero" starring Ray Milland---another end-of-the-world epic that carries on the post-apocalyptic theme. UPDATE 8/09: I've recently had the opportunity to see the new colorized version of "The Last Man on Earth" from Legend Films. While the restoration was meticulously done, it does lose a little bit of creepiness in color. On the other hand, the enhancements are subtle and reasonably natural (and it comes with the original B&W version), making this a good alternative to consider too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You have to be kidding... January 28, 2009
It is blasphemy to suggest that because Vincent Price is an actor in these films that anything about the film suggests the art and genius behind good Shakespearean theater. What is true is that Vincent Price's talents were wasted on these scripts.
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