"You are discarded. You are the refuse of the past."
Richard Matheson’s 1954 vampire horror novel “I Am Legend” helped influence the zombie genre (it was the inspiration for the ‘68 George Romero film “Night of the Living Dead”) and popularized the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. Yet for some reason, filmmakers haven’t been able to crack the story. It’s been made into three different films, and it doesn’t seem like any of them have gotten it right. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our disease series with the second of these adaptations, Boris Sagal’s 1971 film, “The Omega Man.”
We talk about why this movie doesn’t work for us and try to figure out what the movie has that gives it that ‘guilty pleasure’ feel. We discuss the actors, notably Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe and Rosalind Cash, as they all work together and deliver some terribly written lines. Speaking of lines, we discuss the script written by John William Corrington and Joyce Hooper Corrington, our problems with it and why it feels a bit like a soap opera. We also talk about Sagal’s direction and why the whole film really feels like a TV production. And we have to bring up the crazy amount of 70s zooms in the movie – definitely a sign of the times.
It’s not a film that we love, even if Andy could see some of the guilty pleasure enjoyment with it. Regardless, it’s an interesting film worth discussing and opening up our disease films series. So check it out then tune in to this week’s show!
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- Script Transcript
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
- Heston Kisses Goldberg
- What’s Happening Theme Song