|Cast: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Tom Savini, Elayne Nadeau, Sarah Venable, Al Levitsky, Fran Middleton|
Director(s): George A. Romero
Between pumping out his trademark zombie flicks, Romero did this one early in his career - his take on debunking the vampire mythos, or at least putting a refreshing spin on it. Whether or not Martin truly thinks he's a vampire is moot - he definitely has some issues and he handles them in a pretty gruesome and ghastly way. There is a shocking opening sequence to hook you in, but then the film lingers a bit in the middle, taking time to build up Martin's character and his personal relationships. It is fascinating though, and there are a couple of pay-off scenes that make it worth the wait. I think Romero wants to set up Martin as a flawed character who is nonetheless worthy of our sympathies and pity, and I for one found that a little objectionable because of his actions. Vampire or not, he is fully aware of his deeds and shows little to no remorse, everything he does is premeditated. It's stark and a little eccentric, but takes the subject matter very seriously and onto a different plane. And it's nice to see Romero's capabilities as a storyteller for something other than zombies.
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