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Martin [Import]

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this movie April 21 2014
By Sahawi
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Awesome movie I highly recommend it for the horror heads, creepy and good strory. George A. Romero did good with this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CULT CLASSIC Dec 9 2002
By Morgan
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! (NOBODY I know has ever heard of it.) I first saw this movie around 1986-87, whilst I was in middle school. A friend's mom rented the video, and though I just saw it that one time, I found it fascinating. It certainly left a lasting impression. Creepy, dark, haunting, somewhat comical, and very '70s. Just gave it 4 stars because I've yet to see the actual DVD...and it *has* been a while since I have actually watched it so some of my memories are not clear. But, for a movie I've unsuccessfully inquired about for 15 or so years to be so unforgettable, it has to be good.
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By Gary
Vividly shot, nasty and seemingly pointless. Or is it? A word from the Maestro himself. "Martin is about all the monsters of the world" says Romero "proposing that they are simply extensions or exaggerations of a certain strain in all of us. Martin concerns the varying levels of moral conscience in the human animal. Not only are the moral lines difficult to draw, but any attempt to categorize behaviours as good or evil will warp any true search for the nature of man. The moral shuffling and turns in tradition help make Martin our contemporary. If he is our own child, our primal conscience looking back at us from the center of our souls, then he is truly a dangerous creature, for then he has us all figured out, while we haven't come close to understanding him." Phew! So this isn't a sleazy flick exploiting violence against women, it's ART! Blimey, I must get a PHD to understand NECROMANTIK and what George is rabbiting on about, as well. I guess if you complain about these degrading scenes then you're against TRUTH! Like it, Centurion. Ah, Gaz, you'll say, he does kill a couple of men, too. I know, he doesn't miss a trick, does George. Long live popular art!
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Masterpiece. July 6 2004
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. This version suffers somewhat from uneven, jerky pacing, but no matter. It still manages to compete with the best of Romero's 'Dead' Trilogy for billing as his greatest cinematic achievement. Like 'Night...', this film succeeds because, not in spite of, its' humble resources. Slow as it occasionally gets, there is a certain dreamy, depressive quality to the film that fits the theme perfectly. John Amplas is unforgettable in the title role and I find myself watching it over and over again. This easily tops my list of greatest vampire films of all time (and that's figuring in 'Nosferatu' and 'The Vampyr').
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3.0 out of 5 stars Martin by George Romero July 5 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The movie stars John Amplas and even has a special appearence
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They're just like us! June 21 2004
Martin isn't like other kids his age. He's cunning, smart & conceited (he doesn't care about what others think of him, yet acts as though he thinks people should just get it.). The only way he feels comfortable with being around people is when he has physical controll over them. Yet what he really is is a lost & scared kid that's just trying to be like everyone else. He moves in with his much older cousin Cuda, a religious fanatic determined to rid his family of the "curse" of vampirism that's supposedly plagued his family for centuries (Cuda believes Martin was born in 1892). At some times, even Martin himself considers himself a sort of old soul. However, Martin knows this isn't true & blames this thinking on his cousin's religious rantings. Martin knows he needs help, but is afraid to seek it for fear of being found out & riddiculed. He finds solace in the host of a radio talk show, much like a teenager may find comfort in reaching out to a celebrity who, they feel, may have gone through the same things.
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Shy, Teenaged, Virgin Nosferatu. How Interesting!
Poor, Martin (John Amplas) just happens to be an 84 year old vampire in a shy, teenaged, virgin boy's body. Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by Sheila Chilcote-Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and disturbing character study
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 more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by J. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad and haunting look at insanity.
Martin is a disturbed young man who comes to the wasting away town of Braddock to live with his elderly cousin Tata Cuda. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Chadwick H. Saxelid
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Beautifully Made and Time Signatured Movie
"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 more
Published on Dec 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars there is no magic
i'm really not one to obsess over vampire flicks but this is by far one of my favorite movies of all time. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002 by adrian
4.0 out of 5 stars A very modern vampire movie.
'Martin' begins with a sequence one might more readily associate with the overwrought films of Dario Argento, but filmed with the dispassionate intensity of a Robert Bresson. Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by darragh o'donoghue
4.0 out of 5 stars A Deeply Disturbing Film By George Romero
MARTIN is a very disturbing film directed by the creator of "The Living Dead" series, George Romero. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by Raniel Almaria
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