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Martin (John Amplas) is a modern sort of vampire--he gains his victims' cooperation with the use of a hypodermic needle instead of hypnotism, and uses razors in the place of fangs. "There's no real magic," he says. "There's no real magic, ever." He says this to his elderly Romanian cousin, Tati Cuda (Lincoln Maazel), a true believer in the old religion, and self-appointed keeper of Martin, who threatens to do away with the boy if the vampirism doesn't stop. According to Cuda, the boy is actually 85 years old--young for a vampire. Truly, the supernatural element of the film is always at odds with psychological explanations that make Martin out to be a sexually disturbed teen, not an ancient bloodsucker. Martin's vampiric episodes are intercut with sepia footage of similar exploits from some gothic era, which may either be Martin's memories or his imagination; take your pick. Garlic, sunlight, mirrors--these are devices of Hollywood, and have no effect on a hypo-toting vampire like Martin, as he explains the rules in his role of frequent call-in guest on a radio talk show where he's known as "The Count." These ambiguities are left teasingly unresolved by the film, which is more interested in establishing the relationship between the traditional vampire and the modern-day psycho. Along with the film's narrative economy, these ambiguities make Martin Romero's midnight-movie masterpiece.
At the very end Romero borrows an image from Carl Theodore Dreyer's classic silent film Ordet, ratifying a moment of religious ritual. Knowing this as you watch the film only deepens the chill. --Jim Gay
I think this over time this has become my favorite vampire film. We've now spent almost two decades is the "Beautiful Vampire" depiction of blood suckers. Read morePublished 22 months ago by michael moodgroove
Bloody parts were grose.
There's no suspense... just a crazy nut who thinks he's a vampire and drugs his victims with a needle so he can take them out. Read more
This is one of those movies that you either love or hate and unfortunately I don't love it. I wanted to love it but, as much as I am into cult classics, it just didn't appeal to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Foul Pet
Martin qualifies as a classic twist on the vampire take but leaves the audience asking for more with a disappointing ending.Published on August 22, 2013 by Hwang
Saw this in the theater and I fell in love with it waaaaaay back. Even after all the modern vampire hoopla, this will remain my fave fang flick. Love George Romero. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Shadowfaxxts
This is like a great example of low budget independent film making. Interesting story line. Was that George A. Romero playing the priest?Published on March 22, 2013 by carl d thordarson
i just recieved my dvd of Martin, written and directed by George A. Romero. sold by Noram International Partners, Inc. Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Chin Wa Tsun
Martin is the story about a young man who apparently murders people and drink their blood, it also soon become clear that his family thinks he is a vampire and have sent him to... Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by Anja Rebekka Schultze