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A Great Price For Vincent Price...,
This review is from: House on Haunted Hill/The Last Man On Earth (DVD)
This DVD by Diamond Entertainment is actually quite good for what little I paid ... I first saw HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL when I was very young and it scared the daylights out of me then. Now however it does appear somewhat campy, but this film's storyline is much better than that ludicrous remake. Price plays the wealthy man who rents the HOUSE from Elisha Cook who inherits the HOUSE after his sister-in-law hacks his brother to death (some of the ghosts supposedly haunting the place). However the story involves more mystery and murder than mayhem. Had the producers of the remake stayed with the original storyline they might have stayed longer at the box office. The better of the two films on this DVD is THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, the first version of the Richard Matheson novel I AM LEGEND. This movie despite its foreign cast and inexpensive production values is far superior to the Charleton Heston OMEGA MAN. LAST is much closer to the novel and Price actually gives a great performance as a rather sad and lonely man whose only existence now is to rid the world of a plague of the undead rendered so by a devastating disease (interesting when you think of the AIDS virus or the current Asian viral pneumonia that can't be cured). Saved by a vampire bat bite years earlier Price is left immune and the last man on earth (???). The book upon which this movie was based was written in 1954 long before we knew of the Vampire LeStat. It weaves science fiction and horror into a rather interesting story.