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Presented by Cinematic Void

Double Feature with THE CRAZIES

George A. Romero’s tale of young man who may or may not be a vampire who seeks to redemption for his bloodlust.

George A. Romero’s filmmaking renaissance started with MARTIN. Not only was he able to successfully mesh a horror film with his art house sensibilities, but it was also the beginning of his collaboration with several key figures in his career.

There was Michael Gornick the director of photography, producer Richard P. Rubinstein who allowed George to carry out his vision, actress Christine Forest who became his future wife and was instrumental in the casting of many of his films, and last and but the most instrumental, special effects artist Tom Savini.

MARTIN is the tale of a young man who may or may not be a hundred year old vampire. He doesn’t get blood in the traditional way though. Instead he drugs his always-female victims, strips them naked, and slits their wrists to feasts. Afterwards, he stages the scene to look like a suicide.

Both sympathetic and horrific, MARTIN seamlessly toes that line greatly thanks to John Amplas performance as the title character. He plays MARTIN as an awkward girl-shy teenager. Again, nothing like the debonair Draculas played by Bela Lugosi or Christopher Lee in the past.

But it all depends on your perspective. Is MARTIN really a vampire? Or is he a mentally disturbed serial killer/rapist. Romero leaves that answer ambiguous to the very end.

James Branscome

Plays in the Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

16mm Print

Director: George A. Romero
Country: USA
Runtime: 95 minutes
Year: 1977