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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2008
This low budget offering from Roger Corman is not at all bad. We have an unexplained but fairly cheap end of the world that only three people- two guys and a woman survive. So what the film does is make use of the drama and the erotic tension created by that triangle with the background of the end of the world. That makes it quite interesting, there's one woman, there are no alternatives and there can only be a winner and a loser. With 70 minutes duration the screenplay really stretches the thin plot, which is basically one dramatic situation escalating, to its maximum. Couple of minutes less wsould have done. But all in all an enjoyable, well written, directed and competently acted film. Well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This film opens up with a cock fight, displaying the early stages of the symbolic/metaphorical genius of Roger Corman which we now know will peak in "Death Race 2000." Harold (Antony Carbone) is a billionaire and is vacationing with his wife Evelyn (Betsy Jones-Moreland) in PR. Evelyn-Eve get it. Oh this Corman is so good.

While this couple, along with their lawyer Martin (Robert Towne) are out scuba diving, the oxygen in the earth hiccups and anything that can't go without oxygen for about an hour, dies. Our threesome have survived this Twilight Zone episode due to their tanks, but the question as why it happened or if there is anyone else (submarine guys) is not researched. We do know that there are two men and one woman left in the world, and Evelyn has taken a shine to Martin.

At no time do two bare chested men fight over a scantily clad woman as seen on the cover.

A rather boring film that is only good from an MST eye.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Roger Corman was the Ernie Banks of filmmaking (the difference being that Ernie Banks was actually good at what he did). Let's make two, Corman said on more than one occasion – we've got this set, we've got some actors, and we've got a few days, so let's make a second movie on-the-fly. And so it was that The Last Woman on Earth was made alongside Creature From the Haunted Sea on location in Puerto Rico. It looks and sounds like the story and dialogue were all made up on the spot – and that's pretty close to the truth. That's the only excuse Robert Towne has for giving us such a miserably boring script. Talk about the world ending with a whimper!
Towne didn't just write the script, though; he also starred in the film (under the name Edward Wain) as lawyer Martin Joyce. He's joined by Antony Carbone (who seems to be attempting to channel both Dean Martin and Bing Crosby simultaneously – with little success) and Betsy Jones-Moreland (the "last woman," as you might have guessed). Martin's a lawyer for shady businessman Harold Gern, who is "vacationing" (far away from an indictment) in Puerto Rico with his wife Evelyn. The three just so happen to be scuba diving when something big happens up above – all of the oxygen in the air mysteriously disappears, killing everyone who wasn't fortunate enough to be hooked up to an oxygen tank at the time. The oxygen soon returns as mysteriously as it vanished, and our three survivors are able to keep on surviving (unfortunately for us, the viewing audience). They hole themselves up in a beachside villa and basically just bicker amongst themselves for the rest of the movie. Harold is a power freak, and his constant planning drives Ev and Martin up the wall (and closer together, although there is not the first trace of any passion in their "romance"). Martin thinks that the whole apocalypse thing makes the Gerns' marriage null and void, but Harold disagrees. The men argue about more than sharing Harold's wife, though. My favorite is the boat argument – there are hundreds of abandoned boats out at the marina, but these two chowder heads actually duke it out over sole control of Harold's boat. Can't we all just get along, what with it being the end of the world and all? The answer to that would be no.
The only good thing about The Last Woman on Earth is the fact that it's relatively short, clocking in at 64 minutes – that's about all a sane person can take of these three incredibly annoying characters. I've seen some bad Roger Corman films in my time, but this has to be the most boring of the bunch.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2007
I've been working my way through the "50 Horror Classics" boxset for quite some time. I decided to start with Last Man on Earth as soon as I got the box, then finish with Last Woman on Earth once Id watched to other 49. Today was the end of that era, I finally watched Last Woman on Earth, and though it wasn't amazing or anything, it was still worth the wait. The actors don't give the best performances, but they definitely have their moments. Even though he is portrayed as the "bad guy", I really liked and felt sorry for Antony Carbone's character. Robert Towne didn't write the greatest script for this, but his character was pretty well acted. As for the "last woman" herself, she was beautiful and fairly talented. The plot was nothing new and drug in places, but it held my interest for the most part. Despite popular opinion, I really liked the ending, one of the highlights of the film. All in all I recommend checking this out. Not a lot of action, but it's usually interesting.

7/10
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on 7 February 2015
I'm a fan of Roger Corman and purchased it solely on his reputation, what a bore, my tortoise had more life than the film. I could see what Corman wanted from the film, and the script writer did a great job, but the actors did not deliver their performance in a strong way, which bored me to death.
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on 23 March 2014
What a waste of time this film was. Poor story line any one with two brain cells to rub together can work out the plot. One for the charity shop
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on 2 October 2013
A film on a budget with only 3 actors in it and although the storyline had some promise was spoiled by ham acting
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on 26 November 2014
ok 50s sci -fi .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2008
Imagine that a nuclear bomb went off and suddenly there was only one girl left in the world and you were one of two guys. How hard do you think the two of you would fight over that girl? That's the question posed by this excellent Roger Corman explotation film. Of course the girl is gorgeous and of course the guys come up w ith ever more ingenious ways to get her attention. This is a classic black and white "B" movie.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
love this film, the story is simple but well done for the tiny budget. not sure exactly what makes me like it so much but i REALLY like this film...it's sci fi but without cardboard monsters it's character driven and the 2 men sort of reverse their outlook on life...would love to see a sequel or a reboot.
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