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Martin (1977)

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 ... 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 Pittsburgh to stay with his cousin, 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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Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1983, British pop duo Soft Cell released a song also title "Martin", inspired by this film. See more »

Goofs

During the marching band scene, two men on the sidewalk dodge out of frame, one holding a boom mic. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Santini: I can't have kids. I can never have kids. I have something wrong inside. I don't know, what do you think? Is that good for me, bad for me? No opinion? That's why you're so nice to have around Martin. You don't have opinions.
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Alternate Versions

European version was rescored by Italian rock group Goblin. See more »

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Referenced in The Hunt for the House on Cuckoo Lane (2011) See more »

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Strange and Bizarre
5 June 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The unbalanced teenager Martin Mathias (John Amplas) travels to Braddock, Pennsylvania, by train. During the night, he breaks in a cabin and kills a passenger in a peculiar way, injecting drug with a syringe and draining her blood to drink in a careful way. Then he meets his old cousin Tateh Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) in the station and they go to Cuda's home where Martin will live. Martin was raised by his dysfunctional mother and believes that he is an 84 year-old vampire. The religious Cuda also believes that the teenager is Nosferatu and uses crosses and garlic in the house to protect himself and his granddaughter Christina (Christine Forrest) that lives with him from Martin. Along the days, Martin befriends Christina, who has a problematic relationship with her boyfriend Arthur (Tom Savini), while continues to attack persons every now and then. Further, he uses the telephone to tell the truth about vampires to a radio show. Martin has a love affair with Christina, but when she commits suicide, Cuda does not believe that his granddaughter killed herself.

"Martin" is a strange and bizarre low-budget vampire movie with a totally different story. There is a documentary on the DVD where George Romero gives details about the production that uses real locations. He also tells that "Martin" is his masterpiece. Martin's daydreams with black-and-white are ambiguous and the viewer never knows whether whey we recollections or his imagination. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Martin"


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