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Martin (John Amplas) is a modern sort of vampire--he gains his victims' cooperation with the use of a hypodermic needle instead of hypnotism, and uses razors in the place of fangs. "There's no real magic," he says. "There's no real magic, ever." He says this to his elderly Romanian cousin, Tati Cuda (Lincoln Maazel), a true believer in the old religion, and self-appointed keeper of Martin, who threatens to do away with the boy if the vampirism doesn't stop. According to Cuda, the boy is actually 85 years old--young for a vampire. Truly, the supernatural element of the film is always at odds with psychological explanations that make Martin out to be a sexually disturbed teen, not an ancient bloodsucker. Martin's vampiric episodes are intercut with sepia footage of similar exploits from some gothic era, which may either be Martin's memories or his imagination; take your pick. Garlic, sunlight, mirrors--these are devices of Hollywood, and have no effect on a hypo-toting vampire like Martin, as he explains the rules in his role of frequent call-in guest on a radio talk show where he's known as "The Count." These ambiguities are left teasingly unresolved by the film, which is more interested in establishing the relationship between the traditional vampire and the modern-day psycho. Along with the film's narrative economy, these ambiguities make Martin Romero's midnight-movie masterpiece.
At the very end Romero borrows an image from Carl Theodore Dreyer's classic silent film Ordet, ratifying a moment of religious ritual. Knowing this as you watch the film only deepens the chill. --Jim Gay
Top Customer Reviews
by Legend Makeup effects man Tom Savini (Dawn of Dead, Night Of the Living Dead to name a few). The movie also has an appearance by George Romero himself as Father Howard.
Amplas has been in alot of Romero's movies but Martin is the
only movie where he is the star and it's by far his best acting
and by far his best role.
Ive always like George Romero's movies, their full of action, great camera angles, eerie music, and some gore too, the biggest complaint though and this is BIG!! is that George always find a way to screw up his movies. He always likes to kill of several main characters in his movies, just when we are starting to understand or like them.
From Night of The Living Dead to Day of the Dead , George always winds up killing our favorite characters,Barbara, Roger the policeman/swat in Dawn, Captain Rhodes in Day of the Dead etc.
Martin is no exception, I was visually entertained through out the whole film, the great camera shots, the dreamlike scenes in
which Martin is with that girl he bites and the housewife he
meets in his little world.
Oh yes , I forgot to mention Martin is a wannabee vampire who doesnt have fangs but has a strong fetish for blood, he is one sick puppy. But taken his surroudings it's a little understandable. He has some human elements to him but most of the film deals with his addictiveness toward human blood and woman. His Grandfather suspects he is a vampire like Nosferatu and constantly watches Martin.
Martin has some 70's nostalgia to it like the music.
When I saw the cheap ending where Martin's Grandfather killed him,though, I said "Oh no" George did it again, he put a bad ending to a good film.Read more ›
The black & white clips were at first confusing because I had no idea where these scenes were going at first. But then I saw how it fit with Cuda's belief that his family was cursed. The ending is a beautiful, but tragic reminder of how society is both intolerant and ignorant of what they can't (or very often refuse to) understand. A must see for any student of psychology and/or sociology!
You know, it's a bit rich old tatty Cuda blaming Martin for everything when he let Martin deliver the groceries to the town's women folk house to house. It's a fit up, mate. You should seek immediate restituition once you've returned from the grave.
Martin is being sent to his granduncle, an elderly Catholic shopowner who lives with his granddaughter, and who intends to save Martin's soul before destroying him, as if the boy were a drug-addict undergoing cold turkey. As he did with his classic zombie films, Romero takes a horror myth long made ridiculous by parody and camp, and firmly fixes it in the contemporary world, through which prism is presented a satiric view of modern captalism, consumerism, the media, gender, racial and class politics, work, families, a culture of confession etc.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
this is a great movie. bought it for my adult son. he loves the old horror movies. I had never seen it so was surprised at how injoyable it was to see. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cindy Herrick
Awesome movie I highly recommend it for the horror heads, creepy and good strory. George A. Romero did good with this one.Published 21 months ago by Sahawi
Still worthy of 5 stars, although all we are left with is the incomplete cut. The original director's cut is seemingly lost for good. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Arno Parke
Poor, Martin (John Amplas) just happens to be an 84 year old vampire in a shy, teenaged, virgin boy's body. Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Sheila Chilcote-Collins
Martin is one of the best character studies in cinema history right up there with Taxi Driver. Martin is not just another Horror film but a gritty and thought provoking suspense... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by J. Shepherd
Martin is a disturbed young man who comes to the wasting away town of Braddock to live with his elderly cousin Tata Cuda. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
"Martin", along with "Dawn of the Dead" has got to be one of my top 3 favorite Romero films, along with "Day of the Dead". Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002
Wow. I must say I'm pleasantly surprised to find this movie on DVD, when I thought it would be out of print even on VHS. I had no idea so this movie has so many fans! Read morePublished on Dec 9 2002 by Morgan