PRAY FOR THE LAST MAN ALIVE. BECAUSE HE’S NOT ALONE.
In 1977, Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) is the last remaining human in Los Angeles after an apocalyptic war… except for “The Family”, a cult of albino mutants who come out after sunset to raise hell. The second adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel has the benefit of Heston looking as solid a hero as in another sci-fi dystopia, Planet of the Apes (1968). This one has a fair share of silliness (emphasized by a mostly inappropriate music score), but is well paced and there’s a certain boldness in its ambition to offer futuristic thrills with a dark streak. It is also one of the first major Hollywood films to show an interracial kiss.
1971-U.S. 98 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Boris Sagal. Novel: Richard Matheson (“I Am Legend”). Cast: Charlton Heston (Robert Neville), Rosalind Cash (Lisa), Anthony Zerbe (Matthias), Paul Koslo, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Eric Laneuville.
Trivia: The first adaptation of the novel was The Last Man on Earth (1964); the third one was I Am Legend (2007).