"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.