Rare Vincent Price film to be screened at River Street Theatre

  • American Cinematheque

Friday, June 08, 2018 4:8PM

The Park Theatre’s River Street Theatre continues its Vincent Price Film Festival with a screening of the first film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 cult sci-fi/horror classic “I Am Legend.” The 1964 film starring Vincent Price was re-titled “The Last Man on Earth.” This rarely seen gem will be shown at the RST this Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Matheson’s novel has been brought to film four times, “The Last Man on Earth” (1964), “The Omega Man” (Charlton Heston, 1971), “I Am Legend” (Will Smith, 2007) and “I Am Omega” (2007). Additionally, in 1968, George Romero used the novel as inspiration for creating the cult classic film, “Night of the Living Dead.”

Shot in Italy in 1963 and renamed “The Last Man on Earth,” the film premiered in the U.S. on March 8, 1964.

A simple high concept story, Dr. Robert Morgan is the only survivor of a global zombie epidemic. He reluctantly becomes a vampire hunter and the grim, yet campy terror begins. 

Noted film criticism magazine, Film Threat, calls The Last Man on Earth, “The best Vincent Price movie.”

More program and schedule information, as well as ticket purchases, can be found at www.riverst.org or by calling the RST Box Office 532-8888. The after-hours box office can be reached by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.