The Omega Man (1971)
Just three short years after Planet of the Apes, Charlton Heston was once again the only sane man in a world turned upside-down – the sole survivor of a plague that had turned everyone else into albino cultists who ruled the night. Yup, it’s the second run at bringing Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend to the screen, set in a convincingly depopulated Los Angeles and featuring some of the most clenched acting of Heston’s storied career. But director Boris Sagal is not as adroit at maintaining tension and pace as others have been in adapting the material, and Heston is ultimately miscast as the last man on Earth; he’s too closed, too stoic – too impenetrable to be vulnerable in the way the character needs to be for us to care about his survival. He’s just another action figure.