Tag Archive | Vincent Price

The Last Man On Earth (1964)

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Director: Sidney Salkow

Starring: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli

Before I Am Legend there was The Omega Man and before that there was The Last Man On Earth, or L’Ultimo Uomo Della Terra if you’d prefer. Maybe you could add I Am Omega to the list but I’d rather you didn’t. Anyway, they keep having a go at the Matheson classic but nobody ever gets it quite right, do they. May contain useless smoke bombs and spoilers…

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The Underrated- Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but the BBC have done their annual “Horror is critically valid” pathetic splurge- as if that makes up remotely for treating the genre with mild disdain for the rest of the year. As a result, there has been at least one first-rate horror film on every night, and Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General is one of their staple “go to” British films of this period. The reason for this, I believe, is that they can pretend that it’s a Hammer film of the time, but it gets a huge amount of critical praise so fits in with their condescending attitude towards the genre. Anyway, I’m not convinced that Matthew Hopkins is a horror film. Sure, it is horrific, and there is torture, rape and a savage finale, but it feels more like a tragedy or historical drama than an actual Horror film. Read More…