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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>

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A Vampire for Our Age of Disbelief See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Often said to be George A. Romero's personal favorite of his films. See more »

Goofs

After he murders the man and woman in the house, the man is wearing just a pair of jeans. In the next scene when Martin is dragging him into the garden, he's also wearing a plaid shirt. See more »

Quotes

Radio Talk Show Host: Live for yourself! Whatever it takes to get through the night. Right, count?
Martin Madahas: Are you making fun of me?
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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 »

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Unflinchingly original.
3 May 2002 | by sibisi73See all my reviews

Between seminal 'zombie' flicks "Night of the Living Dead", and the follow-up, "Dawn of the Dead", George A. Romero created two of the most overlooked horror movies, not only of the 1970's, but maybe of all time. Four years after the socio-political horror of "The Crazies", he returned with "Martin", a vampire film like no other before or since.

Romero's intelligent movie turns on its head all the things associated with the genre, and presents us with a modern day story of addiction, sexuality, and obsession. Martin is your average gawky teenager, a little boy lost in a chaotic world, with an insatiable appetite for human blood. But, where previously that vampiric bloodlust is a sign of great sexual prowess, and overpowering self-importance, here it is a curse. Martin's world is one of unfulfilled desire and confusion. He is ostracised from family, with few friends - his only confidante is the faceless radio talkshow host - and our sympathies are with him throughout. His attacks are fuelled not by pleasure, but more by a fruitless search for intimacy with his victims, who aren't picked off indiscriminately by uncontrollable urges, but rather chosen. When he finally finds 'the sex thing', his need for blood is overcome. Although gruesome and calculated, his attacks aren't excessively violent, and the opening scene is perfectly written to repulse and reprieve in equal measure. What initially appears to be a brutal rape, is twisted by Romero into an almost tender love scene between attacker and victim.

With brilliant use of locations, and nondescript atmosphere, "Martin" is a horror movie that both disturbs and intrigues. The performances are erratic, and Maazel is way too OTT, spouting "Nosferatu!!" all histrionics and melodrama. But Amplas, as Martin, is genuinely affecting, and steeped in pathos. Unflinchingly original, a horror movie with gore, but plenty of brains to go with it.


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