Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Martin (1978, George A. Romero)

George A. Romero, creator of the famous Night of the Living Dead series decides to make a vampire film. Not just your standard vampire film, but a modern day (well, 70s) vampire film. Only instead of fangs and a trance, this vampire uses razor blades and sedatives. Who is this vampire?

Of course, it's Martin! Martin is a young man accused of being a vampire and he goes to live with his strict Uncle (and vampire killer) Tata Cuda and his cousin Christina, who thinks her Uncle is crazy. Cuda owns a grocery store and hires Martin to deliver groceries. One of his older, married, female customers takes a liking to Martin and they start an affair. Though on the side, Martin needs to get his fix of blood and sex, so he goes off into the night with his razor blade and sedatives and targets his victims. Is Martin even a vampire or just a maniac?
Will his new found love become a victim? Will his Uncle be able to cure Martin of his curse?

George Romero has stated that Martin is his favorite of his own films and for good reason too. The thing that sets Romero apart from other genre directors is the fact that his main focus is on the story and the characters, all of the other elements are then added to make his films complete. Martin is no exception. You really get to know and like the characters, which is rare for most horror films. You can't help but feel a strong connection to Martin and feel a little sorry for him, despite the fact he goes out in the night to rape and drink the blood of women. Sounds pretty warped, but it's true.


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