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Martin

Martin

1978
Drama
Horror
1h 35m
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. (imdb)
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Martin

1978
Drama
Horror
1h 35m
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Rated 14 Dec 2010
80
86th
This take on the vampire movie reminds me of Altman's genre deconstructions. Stripping away the tired, superflous conventions - putting the traditional dialectic, an alienated outcast dependent on human contact, into the new salient context of the troubles of an angsty youth - Romero also quite brilliantly keeps it ambiguous whether Martin was born a monster or gradually made into one. Killer ending.
Rated 19 Nov 2010
70
67th
Offbeat, funky little (sort-of-)vampire film. As an added bonus (or detriment, if you want the terrorists to win) it oozes 70ies style from every pore. It's a shame Romero didn't do more of this small-scale weird shit cause it made me happy. In my pants.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
75
65th
Lady asks for a dollar of gas and fills up. The horror, the horror, the horror.
Rated 18 Oct 2015
77
51st
84 year old tries to find someone to do the sexy time willingly with him. It's a weird movie and successful in spurts, but the lead is ultimately not compelling enough to carry the film. The idea seems to be to bring vampirism into the mundane, and it's a creative one, but perhaps a bit too successful. Meanwhile, the commentary on rape and human relationships doesn't get too far either. I appreciate the effort, though, and it has enough interesting threads to be worth watching despite the flaws.
Rated 24 Oct 2010
75
74th
In completely eschewing the traditional vampire mythos, Romero raises several interesting questions in Martin, and provides no simple answers for the viewer. Quiet and deliberately paced, yet powerful and creepy in parts. Dexter Morgan owes a lot to the Martin character.
Rated 30 Apr 2007
90
67th
Daringly tackling the vampire mythology in a unique fashion, Romero uses Martin's fragile, crumbling mind to also mirror a small town's urban decay as the 70s came to a close. Mixing in eerie flashbacks that speak to the young man's disturbed imagination, this is a movie that brings its subject full bore into the 20th century. Although the ending is something I saw coming a mile away, it does not harm the film's originality. Both an underseen classic and one of the best of the vampire movies.
Rated 29 Oct 2015
22
19th
The film that dares to ask the question: Are vampires really just autistic rapists? (or something). Also there's some stuff about the economy and urban blight (by which i mean the film presents these themes, not that it actually engages with them in any particularly meaningful way). But whatever potentially intriguing thematic material there is is pretty much undone by the schlocky ineptness of Romero's direction (which i guess is the thing '70s horror aficionados find endearing?)
Rated 16 Dec 2010
75
60th
At a point in time where the Vampire genre was almost flogged to death, Romero takes it in another direction. The link between vampirism and sex is intact, but Romero's vampire is not as much a bloodthirsty count invading the secular world, but rather an unstable teenager insecure about the 'sexy stuff'. Visually it juxtaposes social-realistic contemporary Pennsylvania with expressionistic black and white 'flashbacks' and thus both pays homage to the old vampire films and is refreshingly new.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
66th
A very personal and intriguing film from Romero. What it lacks in budget and technical achievement (the acting, writing, and cinematography are ok but unspectacular - though I did like the "flashbacks"), it makes up for with its strange and enigmatic nature and the fact that this was clearly a labor of love for Romero and others involved in the project.
Rated 23 Mar 2009
75
54th
Romero devises a new twist on traditional vampire lore. Impressive, offbeat approach to modern horror.
Rated 04 Nov 2014
74
69th
This is kind of an aimless, shambling film but it was rather enjoyable and outright intriguing at times. The film is rather simple but the way the plot progresses is a bit bizarre. Rather surprised by how much I liked it. A nice outlier for vampire films.
Rated 17 Feb 2012
71
59th
It's nice to see a vampire movie that tries some new things and succeeds in infusing a sense of realism and sadness. But while some individual scenes are pretty great, the overall experience was a bit lacking. It's all quite aimless and plodding, never really delving into the themes it touches.
Rated 15 Feb 2012
60
69th
Takes a vampire movie and turns it onto its head. A very refreshing take on a tired genre. Well worth a watch.
Rated 02 Mar 2017
77
77th
A decent, modern and novel take on the vampire myth. Romero achieves quite a lot on little budget, creating a reasonably affecting and realistic drama with touches of black comedy, and the occasional stylish moment. The non-star performances are good, Amplas creating an interesting and relatively sympathetic character in the title role. Perhaps the themes aren't explored fully, and occasionally the pace dawdles, but this is well worth seeing.
Rated 11 Jan 2019
58
42nd
Its admirers claim that Romero was 'deconstructing' the vampire genre. There is definitely some attempt to buck convention, but the use of vampirism to express a viewpoint about society's poor treatment of outsiders, and their inability to become socially adjusted as a result, seems like it was written by an adolescent goth with a major persecution complex. The question of whether Martin is or isn't a vampire is ultimately moot because the psychology is too crude for it to even matter.
Rated 19 Oct 2021
5
81st
A kind of Altman level de-construction of a genre (if vampire movies are a genre on their own). Not in a corny way, but in a way that gets the intricacies of the genre and character archetypes and doesn’t shy away from being a great vampire movie on its own. Just an achingly lonely and melancholic affair. Beautiful.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
90
91st
This film is in a league for itself when it comes to the exceptional fusion of explicit violence, a gloomy atmosphere and a quiet characters-study, everything complementing each other perfectly, so that the end result is a delicious, frightening, dark, colourful and feverishly moody film; Romero's artistry is definitively present in this compelling tale of human insecurity, compassion and sometimes dangerious obsessions.
Rated 29 Oct 2010
2
16th
I'm astonished at the across-the-board high ratings this gets. The actors are terrible, the writing is worse - enjoyable in style only.
Rated 17 Sep 2010
8
84th
Flipping vampire lore and mythology on its head, "Martin" is one of the hidden gems of the 70s and a sublime example of a genre movie that revels in blurring and subverting its genre conventions. A weirdly wonderful mash-up of socialist realist vampire movie and intense psychological portrayal of a highly unstable mind with insightful commentary on peer pressure, mass hysteria and - to a lesser extent - pop culture. Loved how they kept Martin silent for the first 30 min. Pretty ballsy.
Rated 25 May 2010
86
82nd
Night of the Living Dead is the classic and Dawn of the Dead may be the fan favourite, but Martin is the BEST film Romero has made.
Rated 19 Feb 2010
85
76th
I'm usually ambivalent about Romero's flicks, but this one caught my interest and didn't let go. It was an intriguing and original interpretation of vampire mythology.
Rated 05 Sep 2009
4
93rd
A positive surprise. Martin is a perfectly paced, quiet film, that occasionally bursts out in violence. Has a kind of fragileness to it, that reflects the emotional insecurity of the protagonist.
Rated 10 Feb 2010
75
80th
Subtly thoughtful with a great ending. Too bad the pacing seems off (maybe intentional, either way it irked me) and the acting is spotty. One of Romero's better films.
Rated 13 Dec 2009
75
67th
An intensely sad film, which surprised me. I love how well the ordinarily grandiloquent trappings of the vampire film transposed to a depressed blue-collar American town. Definitely feels like it's missing something (the legendary first cut ran about 165 minutes) as its narrative ambitions outstrip its run time, but thankfully the mood survived intact.
Rated 24 Aug 2014
76
49th
Geleneksel olanı yıkma*
Rated 06 Mar 2021
70
75th
This isn't well acted but it is well made. The movie isn't scary or horrific but it is unsettling and maybe that's even better.
Rated 13 Aug 2023
59
75th
Besides the totally unnecessary animal slaughter scene thrown in, it's an interesting movie. It didn't blow me away but it's pretty good.
Rated 17 Oct 2014
4
55th
What lingers most of all is the film's suffocating loneliness; Donald Rubinstein's score tries to wander from its melancholic centre but always returns, as Martin can escape neither his bestial urges nor his doomed fate, both seemingly pre-destined by a conservative society that stigmatises those on its margins, and creates its own monsters. https://letterboxd.com/tomnixon/film/martin/
Rated 14 Nov 2020
71
57th
71.
Rated 02 Jan 2015
50
0th
George Romero #1
Rated 30 Mar 2007
90
86th
Deep, very cool variation on the vampire theme. All hail George A. Romero
Rated 14 Feb 2022
43
70th
Rated 15 Aug 2017
74
64th
You know your knockout drugs are slow when the girl you're trying to kill stops screaming and starts calling you an asshole. Macabre Month of Horror 2017 video review: https://youtu.be/pqw44Jji2ko
Rated 28 Jun 2019
65
61st
hot take
Rated 29 Oct 2020
90
80th
Viewed October 28, 2020.
Rated 20 Oct 2020
58
27th
It does raise some interesting questions about religion and mental illness, but I think overall it's not the most interesting work by Romero, or by Tom Savini for that matter.
Rated 27 Oct 2020
24
5th
Deep down, there is an intelligent spin on the vampire movie here, but this movie totally fails to execute it. The acting from the lead, Amplas, kills any spark the movie manages to conjure. The score is awkward. The personal, low budget aesthetics can have charm, but the movie simply failed to entice me in. A big disappointment.
Rated 06 Feb 2011
40
13th
One of the most boring movies I've ever seen.
Rated 27 Jul 2007
67
31st
A strange movie to see in this era. Characters aren't very fleshed out, but a huge amount of realism permeates the plot of this "what-if?" film, which makes it a little more than decent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
26th
A long time since I saw this but my recollection is that it may have been low-key and unusual, but I just couldn't respond to this "serious" treatment of the notion of vampires.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
60
39th
slow, stylish, and bloody
Rated 30 Dec 2008
82
88th
Great cast, and keep an eye out for special fx LEGEND Tom Savini
Rated 06 Feb 2009
72
81st
good movie
Rated 08 Mar 2010
81
92nd
Further cemented George Romero's status as one of America's best independent filmmakers, both artistic and scuzzy, with dollops of humor and political commentary.
Rated 18 Oct 2010
84
60th
A low-key, realistic vampire film with great Pennsylvania rust-belt atmosphere.
Rated 22 Nov 2010
62
26th
Bizarre, interesting, glad I've seen it. Didn't really enjoy it.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
81
69th
81.125
Rated 16 Oct 2013
84
79th
84.000
Rated 03 Mar 2011
85
86th
The first, and probably last, vampire movie that lives in a space resembling the real world. A pretty intense piece of tragedy that's hard to watch, but ultimately rewarding.
Rated 25 Apr 2011
80
86th
Beautiful and ugly, simple and complex. All at the same time.
Rated 08 Jul 2011
80
60th
Romero invented the Zombie genre so why not try to reinvent and modernize the vampire genre? Too bad..religiosity is here to stay awhile so vampires will fear crucifixes and holy water until more people get a clue, like Romero.
Rated 07 Oct 2011
86
72nd
A really interesting take on the vampire myth. Both repulsive and heartbreaking at the same time.
Rated 07 Dec 2011
72
58th
I've decided, I'd really like to do it with you BAM!
Rated 26 Oct 2012
70
56th
* Casting, Acting : 7 * Script : 8 * Directing, Aura : 7 * Ease of Viewing : 5.5 * Naked Eye : 7.5
Rated 11 Feb 2013
89
82nd
Another winner by horror vet George A. Romero. Martin is a modern take on the vampire myth. It tells the story of a teenage boy who believes he is a vampire. Whether or not he is a vampire isn't explicitly stated. Once again, Romero's knack for social commentary peeks its head in and takes total control. One of the best vampire movies I have seen in a long time, I highly recommend it.
Rated 04 Aug 2013
69
14th
No, this neither sunk its teeth into my jugular nor drove a stake through my heart. The concept was mildly interesting - modern-day vampire, is he really one or just imagining/pretending, etc. There's only so much unsettling teenage lurking I can tolerate before the plot needs to go somewhere or proper character developments need to happen. Romero missed the mark here - it's about as affecting as the mild stench of a sweaty garlic-eater's armpits.

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