George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies – an intense and realistic treatment that follows the exploits of Martin, who claims to be 84 years old, and who certainly drinks human blood. The boy arrives in Pittsburgh to stay with his uncle, who promises to save Martin’s soul and destroy him once he is finished, but Martin’s loneliness finds other means of release. –IMDb
Born George Andrew Romero on February 4, 1940 in New York City. Romero was passionate about filmmaking from an early age. After attending Carnegie-Mellon University, he worked in the industrial film business making commercials and shorts. In 1968, he released his first full-length feature, a horror film called Night of the Living Dead. Shot in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the low-budget film soon reached cult status. Romero subsequently turned it into a trilogy with 1978’s Dawn of the Living Dead and 1985’s Day of the Dead.
Known for mobilizing tiny budgets to create unforgettable scare flicks, Romero also directed Creepshow (1980), Martin (1978) and the TV show Tales From the Darkside (1984-1986). Though the success of his Dead trilogy afforded him bigger budgets and higher profile actors, Romero failed to attain the same level of success later in his career.
Romero is married to actress Christine Forrest. They have three children. —bio.
A character study with elements of tragedy and satire, "Martin" is at once a modern vampire film and a commentary on the state of the genre itself. Anchored by an impressive central performance, strong imagery and assured direction, this is easily Romero's most ambitious film. It is certainly not without its flaws but it is just as certainly a near masterpiece.
No offense to the city's citizens, but without it ever being specified, I could tell this was set in Pittsburgh. And I mean that by how it's brilliantly used in evoking coming-of-age depression and Romero's subversion of gothic horror.