Sunday, July 17, 2005

Hey Big Brother, How's Your Ass?

So about 4 years ago I was on the way to Bahrain to be in Paul and Ferlie's wedding. I had a layover in London and spent some time wandering around in the shopping mall that doubles as an airport at Heathrow. I picked up a book named I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. It's a great book about a man who is the last human, and is besieged in his home each night by vampires. He spends his days hunting them down. It inspired George Romero for his zombie movies, and countless other spinoffs as well.

I found out the Charleton Heston movie The Omega Man from 1971 was based on this book, and I put it on the Netflix queue many, many moons ago. My beautiful wife regularly bumps my movies down so she can get more chick flicks, but occasionally she forgets and I'm able to get a movie. This rare event happened this past week and "The Omega Man" was waiting for me when I got home one day from work.

I watched it last night, being in the mood for a scary, suspenseful movie, which I assumed it would be after reading the book. Man, I was wrong. It was a cheesy 70's movie. Almost none of the story from the book was left intact. The music was horrible, the acting was hammy, and nothing made any sense. I still enjoyed it, since it was late at night and the general goofiness of it made me laugh. Unless you're a big fan of Charleton Heston, skip the movie and grab the book. Hopefully someone will eventually made a faithful adaptation of it some day.

5 comments:

TheHeffer said...

You didn't know all old Charlton Heston movies are hamm & cheesy ? SOYLENT GREEN, baby !!!

Paul said...

Soylent Green Eggs and Hammy

GateTree said...

I must lodge a protest here. Omega Man is part of the great Charleton Heston 1970's post-apocalyptic sci-fi trilogy: Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, and Omega Man. Sure it's cheesy & dated. Sure he's not actually the last man alive. Sure the vampires have pathetic tactics. Sure he has a suspiciously christ-like collapse in the end. Nonetheless it is a classic and I will not stand for such heresy. It's the end of the world, man.

Alan said...

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie. I was just expecting something more like the book. Actually, I did something during the movie that made it much more enjoyable. I opened up my laptop and called up the IMDB entry for The Omega Man and went to the mistakes page and followed along as I watched the movie. The best one was the traffic lights still working as he was driving around 3 years after the apocalypse when the movie starts. You can also see reflections of the camera crew in several scenes if you look closely.

TheHeffer said...

Ah the classics. I must agree with Mike on this one. Don't dis the classics man ! - And download Soylent Green when you get a chance.