January 11th, 2011: Martin (1977)


Cast and Crew:  Tom Savini

What It’s About: Martin (John Amplas) is sent to Pittsburgh by his family to live with his superstitious and deeply religious “cousin” Cuda (Lincoln Maazel, who is easily old enough to be Amplas’s grandfather) because they, like Martin, believe that Martin is a vampire.  Martin’s fantasies see him in true, romantic vampire fashion (in black and white, no less) but they are in stark contrast to his reality, in which he uses razor blades in place of fangs and syringes full of sedatives in place of mesmerism.  Will Cuda risk damnation and finally put Martin to rest, and are they both crazy (or does it even matter)?

Why Watch it Today?: January is National Blood Donor  Month. Why not donate blood or schedule an appointment today with the Red Cross and then settle down to watch this great, ambiguous vampire film that is quite possibly horror legend George A. Romero’s best film?

Where to Get It:  Netflix (Rental only) or Buy at Amazon.com

The Trailer:

4 comments on “January 11th, 2011: Martin (1977)

  1. eddoctorwho says:

    I saw this with Melanie, and she found the ending hysterical.

    • professormortis says:

      I guess to each his own. I grant that the film’s production values are low and the actors are not all professional grade, and that, at times, Romero gets a bit caught up in his stuff, but I really do find this to be one of my favorites.

  2. Adam Clarke says:

    TOO HOT FOR FACEBOOK COMMENT: Inevitably, I now forever associate the film with the Soft Cell tune it inspired. Curse my love of synths!

    TOO HOT FOR FACEBOOK QUESTION: Have you seen the italian cut of the film? Entitled Wampyr, Argento arranged it so that the film plays out in “chronological” order and gave the whole thing a Goblin score (surprise!) I’ve only heard the latter, but I’ve always been curious about Wampyr and Argento’s Zombi.

    • professormortis says:

      Wait, Martin inspired a Soft Cell song?

      No, I haven’t seen the Italian cut, but that sounds ffing retarded except possibly for the score. I’ve seen Agento’s cut of Zombi (that’s his version of Dawn of the Dead, right?) and found it okay…some weird things were left out, some weird things were kept in, but I enjoyed it as a sort of more action-y, better paced version of the film.

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