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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 13 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 17 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