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The Omega Man (1971)

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And now for something a little... cheesier. This pairing is dedicated to a couple older, over-the-top looks at the end of the world, made even cheesier by the passage of time since they were released! First up, it's the second cinematic version of Richard Matheson's book "I Am Legend." Directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston, 1971's "The Omega Man" looks at the world of a lone survivor after a plague has turned humanity into vampires. The film shows us Neville's (Heston) daily life, driving around empty streets, shooting at anything that moves, and then sequestering himself away in his fortress home and ignoring the taunts and attacks from the vampires outside, driven by their leader Matthias (Anthony Zerbe) to attempt revenge for the killing of the members of "The Family." It's only when Neville runs into Lisa (Rosalind Cash), a fellow survivor, that he discovers that there are several others left, and this discovery helps him develop a cure for the disease that causes the vampirism. Also starring Paul Koslo, Eric Laneuville, and Lincoln Kilpatrick.

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