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Martin (1978)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"The best Romero movie you've never seen."
5 stars

"See it with someone youíre sure of,Ē went the ads. Nobody has heard of this incredible film except hardcore horror fans and hardcore George Romero fans. Thatís a shame, as itís hands down Romeroís best work. It twists the vampire legend inside out, refines it, and redefines it.

John Amplas is Martin, a screwed-up, sexually unsure young man who believes heís a vampire. He goes to live with his old-country cousin (Lincoln Maazel), who takes Martinís word for it and plays Fearless Vampire Killer with garlic and crucifixes, hissing ďNosferatu!Ē

But Martin just laughs at his cousinís superstition and continues to slit the wrists of the lonely, fortyish women he tries (unsuccessfully) to sleep with. (He uses razor blades and syringes to get the blood he craves, aided by Tom Saviniís wince-inducing make-up effects.) Martin finds solace (and a mini-following) in a radio hot-line, which he calls anonymously to discuss his troubles.

Martin wasnít nearly as successful financially as Romeroís Dead films ó or as popular among his fans, many of whom just wanted more zombies óprobably because of its intensity and thoroughly downbeat ending.

But itís just those qualities, plus a strong personal vision seldom matched in Romeroís subsequent work, that make this the one vampire movie you donít want to miss.

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11/28/12 Flipsider Has great atmosphere thanks to a nice soundtrack. 4 stars
6/16/11 Moose Rapper Underrated masterpiece 5 stars
5/30/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess A fantastic charactor study; similer to May 5 stars
1/15/09 FrankNFurter Romero's best.An overlooked, hauntingly creepy & sensual triumph.Hypnotic & tragic! 5 stars
3/27/07 Irene Diaz Really original vampire movie, I loved it 4 stars
3/21/07 dmitry A great film about a vampire with a guilty conscience 5 stars
3/21/07 carniv4 Raw and edgy early Romero horror! Don't miss it! 5 stars
10/07/05 Alex Wonderful!!! John Amples-RULES!!!!! 5 stars
12/15/04 mitchogletree one of the best movies ever made. hitchcock, meet romero. now go kick ass. 5 stars
3/22/04 john well crafted film but it suffers from uneven acting plot is interessting but hardy exiting 3 stars
9/11/03 Scott Brilliant. Romero's best directed film. 5 stars
10/26/02 Charles Tatum It wasn't THAT great 3 stars
9/22/02 Morally Sound The best vampire movie ever. 5 stars
7/04/00 DAVID Romero kicks A$$ 5 stars
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