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Subject: Another I Am Legend question
Date Posted: 12/18/2007 3:00 PM ET
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Is there a full length novel available? I read the movie tie in version where it was just a short story but I'm curious to know if there is more to the story.

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 3:42 PM ET
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I am Legend was written in the 50s where an average novel was much shorter than they are now.  In the copy of I am Legend I have, the story is somewhere around 150-175 pages, and then I have about 100 pages of other short stories.  I'm not aware of any shortened version out there, so most likely what you have read is what there is.

 

--steve



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Date Posted: 1/3/2008 12:42 PM ET
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Richard Matheson wrote it. It differs very much IMHO from the movie; although I think the movie was excellent, itself. For what it was.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 1:01 PM ET
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The book was made into a movie with Vincent  Price called "The Last Man on Earth". It is more true to the book than the newer movie starring Will Smith. I much prefered the orginal, it can be found on the internet cheap.

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 4:11 PM ET
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I believe that I got my copy of The Last Man on Earth at Best Buy for $5.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 10:57 AM ET
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DVD SWAp has many of The LAst Man on Earth available.I just ordered it for one credit and it also includes The House on Haunted Hill and The BAt:) Sweet!

Stacy

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 11:05 AM ET
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Alright-I got my dvd(brande new BTW) and Watched The LAst Man on Earthand it does follow teh book way better than I AM Legend.But boy oh boy was it hard to watch a grainy black and white movie!!LOL!! I've been spoiled!! ANyhow-loved the movie(and the hair-OMG!!! What a trip).

Stacy

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 12:23 PM ET
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try watching the original expressionistic Nosferatu silent film.  Grainy, stark black and white contrasts, and bad classical piped in!   ;)

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 2:31 PM ET
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Hey Steve,

Nosferatu is awesome. Head and shoulders above anything that's been released in the last decade or so.


Even the remake with Klaus Kinski was cool.

Even, even Shadow of the Vampire which, as you surely know, was a fictionalized account of the making of Nosferatu was cool.

I'm rather fond of Nosferatu.

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 2:59 PM ET
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I have both the original and the Kinski, although I will admit I have not watched the Kinski version.   Shadow of the Vampire was great.  Have you seen M?  I like that one a lot.  I Am Legend is similar to M in that they are both films......(trying to steer this one back on track).

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 3:25 PM ET
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I have seen the 1931 M with Peter Lorre. A fine movie.


Ooh, I can help steer this one. I just looked up Peter Lorre in Wikipedia and none other than Vincent Price read the eulogy at his funeral. Vincent Price, of course, was "The Last Man on Earth," which is based on "I am Legend."

As do many, I love Vincent Price. Yet I was a bit disappointed with The Last Man on Earth.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 4:15 PM ET
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I love M , I just bought it on D.V.D , I'm a sucker for older horror movies and I watched it first when i was a kid and it scared the S*** out of me. I also have to say if you never have watched it Night of the Hunter With Robert Mitchum is great! Sorry to say wasn't much into I'am Legend or the Last Man On Earth.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 6:13 PM ET
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if you never have watched it Night of the Hunter With Robert Mitchum is great!

ITA - Robert Mitchum was fantastic in that.

I enjoyed The Last Man on Earth, but not as much as the novel. And DON'T try to convince me The Omega Man was any good - I can't imagine ever liking that one. Have yet to see the Will Smith version.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 9:28 PM ET
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OK, Maya, I won't attempt to convince you that The Omega man was any good.

If you aren't awestruck by it's cheesy goodness right of the bat, I don't expect that you'll come to like it.

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 12:32 PM ET
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I am a great fan of old movies - Turner Classics is always on in my house and I love all of those movies that are mentioned above.  The Omega Man scared the heck out of me as a kid and Night of the Hunter is one of Mitchum's finest movies - he was born to play psychos - such as in Night of the Hunter and as Cady in the original Cape Fear. 

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 1:05 PM ET
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Although I have not seen the will smith movie, I had asked someone who had seen it to tell me the end to see if it fit the book.  I have seen the alternate ending that will be on the DVD (it was leaked on the net), and though while the very end still does not match the book, in the alternate ending, Will Smith "gets it", and it is much more thematically the same as the book, and ties into the title, and the reason behind it, much better.

 

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 11:18 PM ET
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The Omega Man wasn't my cup of tea either! I wasHAPPY to see so many people enjoyed "Night Of The Hunter" The original Cape Fear was very good also,I wasn't so thrilled with the remake some things just can't be redone and have the same creepiness? I think that's the word I'm looking for.

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 2:48 PM ET
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I watched I am Legend and was so disappointed.  I loved the book and of course, hollywood drifts so far away from the book that it isn't recognizable.  I like Will Smith.  He shouldn't have been the lead if the movie had followed the book.  As a stand alone movie it was okay.  I found it boring except the part with the dog.  That was sad.

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 6:16 PM ET
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I fully enjoyed "I am legend".  It prompted me to check out "Last man on earth" and to read the original "I am Legend"  Although Last man on earth was true to the short story, it lacked that pizzaz that we are acustom to seeing nowadays.  Omega man was an upgrade and I am a big fan of Charlton Heston.  Oh well, after all is said and done going to the past only to understand the present has been worth the trip.

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 4:07 AM ET
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I never did read the book, only saw the movie and I have a question. There is a scene when he walks into his apartment and he walks up the stairs and pours some sort of liquid onto the steps. I can't for the life of me figure out what it is. Not an important question, I am just curious if someone knows what it is.

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 10:27 AM ET
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I could be wrong but I am assuming that he was pouring bleach to erase his scent so that the night rascals could not find out where he lived.