You might be wondering what makes The Omega Man an Awesome B Movie… Charlton Heston of course. I mean the guy has been great in everything I have ever seen him in, from Planet of the Apes (1968) to Any Given Sunday (1999) and everything in between! The Omega Man also happens to be the first and in my opinion the best big screen adaption of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I am Legend!
You know the old saying about how the movie is never as good as the book? Well don’t worry because The Omega Man is not one of those! It definitely is one of those rare gems where the movie is just as good as the book! I came to discover just how true this is, when one evening I sat down with a buddy of mine to watch it thinking in the back of my mind that this movie will be good, but the book is obviously better. Well little did I know that within the first few moments that not only was this film just as good as the book but fast became one of my favorite Sci Fi/Horror movies!
Written by John William Corrington and his wife Joyce H. Corrington (Battle for the Planet of the Apes) and directed by Boris Sagal (Columbo) the story tells of Robert Neville (Heston), a doctor who due to a helicopter accident and an experimental vaccine is one of a very small handful of humans to survive an apocalyptic biological war.
The plague killed all but a few hundred deformed, nocturnal creatures that are hell bent on destroying what remains of the previous civilization, especially Robert Neville due to his old civilization scientific interests, who is working to find a cure for this disease!
One day while out foraging for supplies he comes across Lisa (Played by Rosalind Cash) another survivor! After having unintentionally chased her off Neville gets trapped in a wine cellar by these a group the mutant! A young man (played by Paul Koslo) rescues him and takes Neville back to his small group of survivors where he meets up again with Lisa and is brought to a boy that has been infected by the plauge.
Now it’s of course a race against time, to not only find a cure for the boy, but also before the creatures finally catch him! All in all The Omega Man contains great elements of the a post apocalyptic zombie genre. Great gun battles endearing survivors that you hope will make it to the promised land (What ever that may be) and of course mutant monsters that will stop at nothing to take them out!
If you like AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.’ Your sure to love this truly Awesome B Movie!