Friends, this is a very special episode of the Pop Culture Retrorama Podcast – not only am I discussing 1954’s I Am Legend but once again I have been graciously invited to take part in the Super-Blog Team Up. That gathering of like-minded individuals who blog or produce podcasts that focus on various subjects of pop culture. As always there is a central theme that ties all of the Super-Blog Team Up articles and shows together – this time the subject is Immortal – which immediately made me think of vampires. Personally I believe there is no better piece of vampire and post-apocalyptic literature than Richard Matheson’s 1954 masterpiece – I Am Legend. A horrific look at one man’s survival that is equally terrifying and at the same time a thrilling sci-fi/horror offering. One that Hollywood has since it’s publication attempted to adapt into big screen motion pictures – starring the likes of Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, and back in 2007 there was I Am Legend starring Will Smith. As I point out in the show itself though for my money I prefer Price’s 1964 version – The Last Man on Earth.
For I Am Legend I do my best to provide a mostly non-spoiler overview of Matheson’s book – hitting on some of the highlights of the novel and even providing some excerpts from the novel. I also briefly touch upon the life and career of Richard Matheson, especially in regards to his membership in that writer’s group known as the Southern California Sorcerers – a membership that included the likes of Ray Bradbury among others. As I point out in the podcast – there is an absolutely exceptional article about that really special group of fellow writers and friends that I found on the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation page.
And while the majority of the show is most certainly devoted to Matheson’s I Am Legend, I couldn’t help but add a few interesting tidbits on the movie adaptations – including what Charlton Heston of The Omega Man though about the 1964 film.
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