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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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George A. Romero

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Amplas ... Martin
Lincoln Maazel Lincoln Maazel ... Cuda
Christine Forrest Christine Forrest ... Christina
Elyane Nadeau Elyane Nadeau ... Mrs. Santini
Tom Savini ... Arthur
Sara Venable Sara Venable ... Housewife Victim
Francine Middleton Francine Middleton ... Train Victim (as Fran Middleton)
Roger Caine Roger Caine ... Lewis (as Al Levitsky)
George A. Romero ... Father Howard
James Roy James Roy ... Deacon
J. Clifford Forrest Jr. J. Clifford Forrest Jr. ... Father Zulemas
Robert Ogden ... Businessman
Donaldo Soviero Donaldo Soviero ... Priest (segment "Flashback")
Donna Siegel Donna Siegel ... Woman (as Donna Siegal)
Albert J. Schmaus Albert J. Schmaus ... Family
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Vampire for Our Age of Disbelief See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

George A. Romero's Martin See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$100,000, 31 December 1979
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Laurel Entertainment Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During a screening and interview at USC, director George Romero related that the MPAA objected to a shot of Martin slicing someone's arm open with a razor blade. The entire shot would've earned the film the notorious "X" rating, and so he had to trim it by several seconds. The length of the shot, not the subject matter, was objectionable. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Martin breaks into a woman's train cabin and attacks her. At first, she has a cold cream mask on. During the struggle, it suddenly disappears without a trace. See more »

Quotes

Christina: If you need anything, just call me. I'll come, I'll send you the money.
Martin Madahas: No, you'll forget about me.
Christina: No, I won't. Why do you think I'll forget?
Martin Madahas: Because you're going away. People always go away so they can forget where they were.
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Alternate Versions

European version is completely re-edited. Martin's flashbacks are placed at the beginning so that the story is chronologically linear. See more »

Connections

References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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This little seen genuine film is the best work from George A. Romero.
26 August 2005 | by hu675See all my reviews

Martin (John Amplas) is a misunderstood young man, who is also a rapist and a murderer towards young woman or anyone gets in his way. Martin thinks, he lived the life of a vampire before. He has a few problems with his eyes. He creates a illusion or that could be from his pass life, when he starts out as a vampire. But he's craving for blood towards young woman but he has problems with his cousin or it could be his uncle Cuda (Lincoln Maazel), who believes in the family curses of vampires.

Written & Directed by George A. Romero (Bruiser, Creepshow, The Dark Half) made an original horror drama with an dark sense of humor. This is one of Romero's best and it is also Romero's most personal film.

DVD from Lions Gate Entertainment. DVD has an good anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an fine digitally remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD has an new and fun commentary track by the writer/director:Romero, Producer:Richard P. Rubinstein, Make-Up Effects Artist:Tom Savini, Director of Cinematography:Michael Gornick and Music Composer:Donald Rubinstein. DVD also has an making of a featurette, new photo gallery, original t.v. spots and original trailer.

The original DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment, which it's now out of print. DVD has an fine Pan & Scan (1.33:1) transfer and an good-Dolby 2.0 Mono Sound. DVD has an excellent commentary track by Romero, Savini and actor:Amplas, original trailer and collector's booklet. Romero gives his most interesting film yet, this has an unusual premise with tongue in cheek humor. Romero comments in the commentary that his first cut runs 165 minutes but that cut is missing. The European Version of Martin has been re-edited with an new music score by The Goblins (Dawn of the Dead, Suspiria). Romero appears in a funny cameo as a Priest!, Christine Forrest Romero (The Director's Wife) appears in a supporting role, Tom Savini appears in a bit part. Amplas gives an excellent performance. Maazel is also very good in the film. Producer:Rubinstein appears in a cameo. Director of Cinematography:Gornick can be heard as the Radio Talk Show Host. This is an unusual and an unique film from the talented independent horror filmmaker. (**** ½/*****).


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