director Roger Corman
Anyone ever tell you, “I wouldn’t go out with you if you were the last woman on earth!”? Or for that matter “The Last Man on Earth” (1964)?
Such a hypothetical was good for consideration in the Cold War era nuclear apocalypse dreams of science fiction writers. And here we have Roger Corman going for it, with Robert Towne not only writing his first screenplay, but starring as one of the last 2 men on earth (the other being Antony Carbone), left to fight it out over the last lady (Betsy Jones-Moreland).
Shot in color in Puerto Rico back-to-back with Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961) and Battle of Blood Island (1960), this falls into Corman’s more earnest film efforts, making something less exploitative and meant to be a bit more thought-provoking and intellectual. Not so say that Corman didn’t occasionally find that sweet spot of intelligent and high-minded, but here it’s a bit more of a wash, less to offer in real interest, but not utterly uninteresting either.