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Martin Reviews

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Super Reviewer
March 1, 2013
George A. Romero has once again departed from the zombie genre with Martin and created a memorable and classic vampire film in the process. This is a very well acted film that relies on basic ingredients to create the tension on-screen. This is a well crafted horror yarn that is in my opinion a forgotten vampire gem in the genre. Usually horror fans tend to focus more on films like Salem's Lot, Fright Night, The Lost Boys and Near Dark whenever they think of classic vampire films. George Romero's Martin seems to always get lost in the fold, and I think it's a shame because it is a very different film in the genre, and it is also a change of pace for Romero. This is a great film, and one that is sure to delight genre fans looking for an overlooked vampire film. George Romero has made quite an impact in the genre, but with Martin he has created something different. This is a very entertaining film from start to finish and it certainly delivers from genuine scares. If you love Romero's work, you'll certainly love this one. This is among the best vampire films in the genre and it is definitely a classic. You owe it to yourself to give Martin a viewing, and it ranks up there as one of the most memorable vampire features in the genre. Romero has always done some wonderful work, and he keeps up with that with this different film. As a fan of vampire films, I thoroughly enjoyed Romero's take on this classic tale, and he crafts a classic in the process. Martin is a well crafted film, and one that horror fans should definitely check out.
½ January 19, 2013
I'm not a big fan of a vampire movies, but then again, this is not a typical vampire movie - more of a character study. Set against the backdrop of social and cultural decay, it's somewhat reminiscent of typical 70's movie atmosphere.
January 15, 2013
A different kind of vampire movie from George Romero that is interesting and something of a classic. Martin is a messed up young man who may or may not be a modern vampire. Good gore and tension along with effective deranged performances makes Martin pretty good.
½ December 18, 2012
What's missing from "Martin" is director Romero's signature social commentary. It is a poorly acted film in some spots. But the strength of "Martin" lies in the execution of its story. The question of whether or not the title character is an actual vampire is never fully answered, and that leaves the viewer with a thought-provoking, gory, and highly orginal vampire movie unlike any other. Is it George Romero's best film? Certainly not; "Night of the Living Dead" still holds that title. But is it one of his most interesting ones? It certainly is.
½ November 2, 2012
Although Romero was more at home within the zombie sub-genre this vampire flick proved to be a welcome departure.
½ October 30, 2012
Part "Taxi Driver," part "Nosferatu," and all Romero, "Martin" is vampire movie as gritty naturalism, shocking, satirical, anguished, and maybe the filmmaker's finest work.
October 29, 2012
A unique turn for the vampire sub-genre.
½ October 28, 2012
On the lower edge of Romero movies. The plot is interesting and there is some good performances but the blood and special effects don't look right. A good film that is hindered by the time period it was made in.
½ October 9, 2012
Martin is a very unique and chilling vampire movie.
Super Reviewer
½ April 10, 2007
A character that is equal parts tragedy and satire, "Martin" is at once a modern vampire film and a commentary on the state of the genre itself. Anchored by an impressive central performance, strong imagery and assured direction, this is easily Romero's most ambitious film. It is certainly not without its flaws but it is just as certainly a near masterpiece.
March 9, 2010
Strangest vampire film you'll ever see. Not really scarey but gets under the skin and creates a real sense of unease. Interesting performance from the lead John Amplas makes the film more thought provoking then it might have been. All the other acting ranges from passable to terrible. Worth checking out if you like odd films or if you're into Romero (he still says it's his favorite of the films he's made).

Just rewatched this (10/2012), and it's even better than I remember. Actually a very sad film, and becoming one of my favorite horror films.
½ October 9, 2012
This one had long eluded me, so when I finally got a region free Blu-ray player it was one of the first things I popped in to give it a look and can happily report that Romero's quiet vampire film from the '70s still holds up. John Amplas is great as the creepy titular character and definitely brings a very different kind of blood sucker to the screen.

Worth a look.
½ October 1, 2012
One of Romero's best movies and certainly his most personal film. A labor of love for Romero, which it is a character study picture. Amplas is excellent in the title role, about a strange disaffected 17 year old. Who thinks, he lived the life of a vampire before, because of a bizarre family curse. Although he is a very dangerous psychopath, who kills woman with his razor blades or anyone who gets in his way. But yet, he is somehow likeable after all the terrible things he does. In the outside, he looks like a flawed, somewhat slow human being, who gets no respect from his equally crazy uncle Cuba (Although he might be his cousin or that what Martin claims). Because he is a victim himself of his crazy family past. The movie does have an sense of humour, especially when Martin calls the local Radio station, talking about his crimes and what he thinks of society. Which, of course, the DJ doesn't take him seriously but he is amused by Martin's conversation. "Martin" certainly raises more questions than answers. It is a fascinating, bleak movie filled with black comedy and striking, sometimes documentary-style cinematography. One of the many highlights is Donald Rubinstein's sad, gothic music score and Romero's amusing cameo as a Priest!
October 2, 2012
an above average vampire thriller.
September 23, 2012
An original, artful, and grotesque horror film.
September 15, 2012
Yeah, so this movie is weird, and old, and cheesy. But I love it!
August 23, 2012
Romero's surreal and unique take on a teenage vampire character study
July 19, 2012
Fans of Romero and those who are interested in the beginnings of the modern horror movie have a lot to engage with but others will be bored by the slow pace and dated feel. When you compare it to contemporary large budget horror like Alien it pales hugely. Never the less you have to admire Ramero's eye for modernizing the Vampire tale without the heavy-handed allegory or weakening of the myth we have had to endure since.
½ June 8, 2012
96% on Rotten Tomatoes? My Arse, Fuck of mate! - Proppa shit film!
May 18, 2012
This is surely the most interesting and strangest vampire movie ever made. The ending is still horrifying and shocking even on multiple viewings
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