Martin (1977)

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Critic Consensus: George A. Romero's contribution to vampire lore contains the expected gore and social satire -- but it's also surprisingly thoughtful, and boasts a whopper of a final act.

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One of horror filmmaker George Romero's many "small" 1970s films, Martin was fortunate enough to foster a cult following that has enabled it to take its proper place as a minor classic. 17-year-old Martin (John Amplas) has convinced himself that he's actually an aged vampire. Since he has no fangs, Martin must resort to razor blades to draw blood. A regular caller to a local radio talk show, Martin is encouraged by the ratings-conscious host to persist in his vampiric behavior. Despite his random bloodletting, no one takes Martin too seriously except his grandfather Lincoln Maazel, who knows all too well that a vampire curse has befallen the boy. As is the case with all of Romero's films, Martin is best enjoyed on an empty stomach.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Horror
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HBO Video

Cast

John Amplas
as Martin
Christine Forrest
as Christina
Elayne Nadeau
as Mrs. Santini
Sarah Venable
as Housewife victim
Tom Savini
as Arthur
Fran Middleton
as Train victim
Al Levitsky
as Lewis
Richard P. Rubinstein
as Housewife Victim's Husband
George A. Romero
as Father Howard
James Roy
as Deacon
Robert Ogden
as Businessman
Ingeborg Forrest
as Mrs. Anderson
Donaldo Soviero
as Flashback Priest
Tony Buba
as Drug Dealer
Clayton McKinnon
as Drug Dealer
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Critic Reviews for Martin

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (3)

George A. Romero is still limited by apparently low budgets. But he has inserted some sepia-toned flashback scenes of Martin in Rumania that are extraordinarily evocative.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Romero makes stunning use of his Pittsburgh locations to create a desolate suburban wasteland, and at its best it is rivetingly raw-edged.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A surprisingly tender, ambiguous, and sexy film in which Romero's penchant for social satire is for once restricted to local and modest proportions.

Full Review… | January 28, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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October 30, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

A neglected minor masterpiece from cult horror director George A Romero about a disturbed teenager who may or may not be a vampire.

Full Review… | October 7, 2013
Radio Times

It's rough around the edges (variable acting and flaky FX abound) yet it still intrigues, still disgusts and -- important, this -- still disturbs.

Full Review… | October 10, 2012
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Martin

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

George Romero's Martin is my favorite vampire movie. Set in 1970's Pittsburgh. At times gruesome and at times extremely thoughtful. Also a great soundtrack and a superb final scene. The thinking man's vampire movie.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

One of my favourite vampire movies, this one if from Romero, who is more famous for his zombie movies, but does a fantastic job in any horror genre, I think. This movie has interesting characters, a story which is pretty realistic for a vampire movie, and an unexpected ending. I love it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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