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Martin (1978)

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.

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Lincoln Maazel ...
Christine Forrest ...
Christina
Elyane Nadeau ...
Mrs. Santini
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Arthur
Sara Venable ...
Housewife Victim
Francine Middleton ...
Train Victim (as Fran Middleton)
Roger Caine ...
Lewis (as Al Levitsky)
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Father Howard
James Roy ...
Deacon
J. Clifford Forrest Jr. ...
Father Zulemas
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Donaldo Soviero ...
Priest (segment "Flashback")
Donna Siegel ...
Woman (as Donna Siegal)
Albert J. Schmaus ...
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George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies - an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be 84 years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburg to stay with his uncle, who promises to save Martin's soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin's loneliness finds other means of release. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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$80,000 (estimated)
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One of horror's greatest character studies!
28 December 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Over the years George A. Romero has created a number of landmark horror films for the genre. This modern 'vampire' flick ranks among his very best films!

Shy teenager, who believes himself to be a century old vampire, comes to live with his superstitious old cousin in Pittsburgh.

Romero's Martin is a truly unique, one of a kind psychological thriller. It is a memorable journey from its disturbing opening sequence to its chilling conclusion. Martin, like most of Romero's classics, is a film with plenty of social commentary and believable characters. The driving force behind the films premise is the question of whether or not our title character really is a vampire. Martin has no fangs, no fear of the sun, in fact he actually uses razors and syringes to seize his victims. Yet, Martin has memories of an attack that apparently he did ages ago and his elderly cousin fully believes his young relative to be an evil creature. Romero throws out all of the old fashion vampire conventions for this symbolic clashing of the ways. Romero's direction is, as always, very nicely done with plenty of suspense, atmosphere, and gruesome moments. Romero makes this drama stylishly operatic and adds an occasional moment of dark humor. The haunting music score also adds greatly to the atmosphere.

The cast is excellent, but it's star John Amplas who really drives this show. Attractive youth Amplas is a greatly sympathetic character, even as he is the films monster and hero all at once.

A film unlike any other of the horror genre, Martin remains a terrific low-budget masterpiece that is as hauntingly effective today as ever.

**** out of ****


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