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Martin (1977)

Cast: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Tom Savini, Elayne Nadeau, Sarah Venable, Al Levitsky, Fran Middleton

Director(s): George A. Romero

Language: English

Genre: Horror

Synopsis

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

 

motleymitch wrote on December 7, 2010, 9:40 am
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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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