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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 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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Heir to the Blood Lust See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1977 (USA) 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
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Martin walks through the parade was never in the script. There was a scene being shot on the porch when the parade and marching band came through the streets blowing out the sound for the porch scene. While it was passing the production crew took to the street and grabbed quick footage of the parade, later it was added into the film as a contrast for the startling conclusion of the film. 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

Tada Cuda: Nosferatu. Vampire! First I will save your soul, then I will destroy you. I will show you your room.
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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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Great Revisionist Horror Movie
17 June 2003 | by howlermonkeySee all my reviews

Sometimes it seems to me that the "users" who comment on movies here go out of their way to miss the point. The horror storyline here isn't just "vampire nonsense" nor does Romero succeed in spite of his "lowbrow intentions." The film IS a horror film, as successful in "revising" the typical vampire films as other 1970's classics like McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Point Black were in "revising" the western and gangster genres respectively. The film would hardly be as interesting if it were some kind of slick production with the usual trappings. Instead Martin is a low-key intense underplayed film that reverses the usual expectations without rejecting its genre.

I don't think Romero is somehow upholding the ideals of faith either; the religious zealot, Martin's uncle, is the least sympathetic figure in the movie, though he may be right in thinking that Martin is "nosferatu." Or his fanaticism may have created the delusion in Martin's mind, an attempt to reject the religious dogma by adopting its traditional/mythic opponent. In any case, Romero's take on faith is very complex and is as interesting in this film as his complex take on individuality and consumerism is in Dawn of the Dead.

Romero makes great use of the depressed area of Braddock Pennsylvania, the kind of down on its luck, conservative, fading neighborhood I know from my own experience. The setting is essential to the movie, but Romero doesn't overplay it. The radio talk-show angle isn't as well handled but it is interesting.

I thought this film was very impressive in its deadpan update of the vampire story and Martin is a strangely moving character. Ultimately the movie is a much more convincing dramatization of the "serial killer" figure than we get in most films now, despite the current fascination with that type. (P.S. Romero was so good in the 1970s..how did he fall to the likes of Creepshow?)


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