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THE LEGACY OF RICHARD MATHESON’S ‘I AM LEGEND’

March 15 @ 19:00 - 22:00

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE OF HORROR STUDIES – LONDON presents: THE LEGACY OF RICHARD MATHESON’S ‘I AM LEGEND’

Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend (1954) is a recognized classic of science fiction and horror. It has been adapted many times in films such as THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964), THE OMEGA MAN (1971), and I AM LEGEND (2007). In 1958, Matheson wrote a script adapting the novel for Hammer Studios, but it was never filmed. The script was rejected by both the MPAA and the BBFC. In 1968, George Romero directed NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, a film he admitted was inspired by Matheson’s novel, and this was the film that Matheson felt was most faithful to the themes of his book.

Through an analysis of a selection of official and unofficial adaptations of the novel, including Matheson’s own script, this lecture by Stacey Abbott considers how this text marks a key transformative moment within the evolution of the horror genre on film.

Instructor: Stacey Abbott