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32 Days of Halloween V, Day 9: The Omega Man

Charlton Heston in The Omega Man

I know you’re following along in your 32 Days of Halloween scorecard (you did save up your cereal boxtops and snag those two years ago, right?) and you’re thinking, “Um, Widge? It’s Day 9. That’s meant vampires for a while now. Everybody knows there are no vampires in The Omega Man.”

And yes, I thought I would take a brief left turn and talk about a film that should have had vampires. Instead we got albino monks (precursors of DaVinci Code?). But still we get Heston and guns and ham. And Anthony Zerbe. So that’s something. Indeed, one of my favorite bits of the film opens the trailer below.

Also, it’s because of the film that I was able to find a copy of the source material, Richard Matheson‘s I Am Legend, since–at the time I was seeking it–it was out of print. How you let Stephen King‘s favorite book go out of print, I have no idea. Regardless, enjoy this:

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Yes, that opening bit involved pay phones. Kids, ask your parents.

Last year we had a trio of sexy vampire flicks from the 70s. Before that a couple of 80s flicks. Where we got fixated on vampires was going through some non-zombie Romero, which included Martin. And year one, it was a pair of Dario Argento Demons trailers.

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