The Omega Man

I watched Omega Man one right after I force myself to sit through Metalstorm: the destruction of Jared Syn, which I won’t be reviewing. Some nut told me it was post-apocalyptic, where it’s actually like a cross between Beastmaster and Spacehunter. Just some stupid future movie in outer space. Anyway, I was really down after that… I didn’t wanna watch anymore of these movies. Well, I gave it one more chance and watched The Omega Man. Ahh… sweet bliss.
Here’s what’s good about this one. 1) Apocalypse by plague, 2) Zombie-ish cultists, 3) Charleton Heston as a nutso trigger-happy doctor, 4) the foxy afro lady. Heh heh… dang. Most of the movie is just Chuck wandering through abandoned Los Angeles, shooting and looting. Heck, I could watch that for hours. But then, of course, we get trouble in paradise. Evil anti-tech troglodytes have to muck everything up. But then there are these kids and a sweet-talking soul sister, who is attracted to Chuck for god-knows-why. (the pants I bet)
Anyway, this one is a whopper. Not hard to watch at all. I’ve heard it’s a little slicker than the original, The Last Man on Earth“, with Vincent Price, but that the original is still pretty good. It only gets silly for a moment at the end. Chuck is dead and bleeding into a fountain and he collapses in a christ-pose. Then the movie goes all psychedelic looking. Actually.. that part was o.k. Like I was saying though… this one rates at least in the top ten… I’m glad I got to watch it… because tonight I have to sit through Damnation Alley… ugh.

The Omega Man (1971)
The Omega Man (1971)

Note: This original review was written sometime during 1996-1997, when I was a drunken, twenty-something nincompoop.  I am no longer that person.  Or, that is to say, I am in my thirties now. 😉