Martin (1978)

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Unquestionably George A. Romero’s best non-zombie film, “Martin” is immensely sad, containing few traces of the humor and lightness that sneak into Romero’s other films. Its closest Romero-film relative would have to be “Day of The Dead,” a film that shares not only “Martin”‘s somber bleakness but lead actor John Amplas, who plays the doctor in “Day of the Dead.” The Uranium Cafe hits the nail on the head that “Martin” is not only Romero’s lost classic, but a nearly flawless satire/horror film, Romero or not.

Without revealing too much, “Martin” is about a boy who believes he is a vampire but he doesn’t have fangs, superpowers or good looks. The angst and alienation of the misunderstood Martin makes the film less about Vampirism and more about the power of social conditioning, loneliness and religious fanaticism. It’s hard not to wonder how the current crop of vampire-fanatics would respond to a film like this, and I couldn’t help but think about the quotes from “Twilight”‘s Robert Pattinson about run-ins with fans begging to be bitten by him or even going so far as to hold out their freshly spurting wounds to his lips.

The sad fact is that these Twilight fans could no doubt relate to Martin’s melancholy and misplaced romanticism but would be turned off by the film’s realistic, awkward and often ugly treatment of Vampirism– which is what makes “Martin” that much more important and worthy of new modern criticism.

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~ by talkmyshitagain on December 13, 2009.

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