The Movie ' I Am Legend ' Essay

1645 Words Oct 24th, 2016 7 Pages
The movie “I Am Legend,” a post-apocalyptic science fiction film, directed by Francis Lawrence in 2007, is regarded as one of the most popular modern vampire-like creature films. It is also credited as the main influence to portray vampires as the characters we know nowadays. Of course, it is not the first time that the concept of a ‘living vampire’ is used in the film industry, and this is actually the third adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend in 1954, which was published after the Cold War when people viewed the world as a duality of pure good and evil. In this case, the latest I Am Legend movie, constructs a representation of a zombie-vampire like world that resembles more than just monsters, it resembles society’s biggest past and current fears, and also problems in society that have become incapable of dealing with.
The legacy of I am Legend is evident to be seen in subsequent works of horror cinema and literature up to date. Its impact triggered a cult following that mystifies the vampire-zombie and gives rendition to it. Moreover, several analogies have been made between I Am Legend and the social context behind the film, including connections between fear of isolation, fear of past events, and fear of future events such as, technological advancements. That is why a movie so charged with meaning must be analyzed, especially when a complex entity such as a vampire-zombie creature is mixed with a specific cultural and social landscape.
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