Martin, by George A. Romero
Oddities Cycle – Sala Gòtica
This is one of the least known films by maestro George A. Romero (1940-2017) and allegedly it was his favourite. Just like he did with the zombies of Night of the Living Dead (1968), Romero plays the game of re-reading of classic monsters: this time the protagonist is a vampire portrayed with Romero’s characteristic hyper-realism.
Martin is a mesmerising catchy film that seduces the audience with Martin’s ambiguity and a permanent intrigue. Romero escapes all the archetypical conventionalism of vampires. Despite being a horror film, Romero takes advantage of the protagonist’s drama to show the insights of his psychological features and takes us into his obsessions and fears, his loneliness and confusion and, of course, his obscurity.
Martin is an odd experiment, unique within Romero’s filmography. Definitely, risk lovers will enjoy watching it with its preference for suggestion over direct action. This is the first collaboration of Romero with special-FX genius, Tom Savini, who performs Arthur too. We are in front of Guillermo del Toro’s favorite vampire film.
Original title: Martin
Running time: 95 min.
Country: United States
Director: George A. Romero
Screenwriter: George A. Romero
Music: Donald Rubinstein
Cinematography: Michael Gornick
Cast: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau, Sara Venable, Francine Middleton, Roger Caine, George A. Romero, Tom Savini
Producer: Laurel Entertainment Inc
Synopsis: Martin (John Amplas) is a teenager who believes that he is an 85 years old vampire. However, he has no tusks, uses razor blades, can see himself in the mirror and is neither afraid of crucifixes, garlics nor sunlight. His cousin Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) thinks that Martin is a victim of a malediction and wants to save his soul against all odds.