There should be more low-budget auteur horror like “Martin”. With little means it aims high, namely to modernise the vampire cinema. Like most vampire films, “Martin” is about sex and sexual awakening, but in addition it’s about cinema itself and about the fantasy of a young mind: the juxtaposition of Martin’s dream world and reality works superbly. I saw “Martin” in original 16mm which added a lot to the atmosphere.
Romero's MARTIN is more than a great horror film. It's a deconstruction of the vampire mythology. Always socially-conscious, Romero sets the action in a decrypt Pittsburgh whose citizens have been jolted out of the American Dream. Shot on reversal film, the moody imagery only reinforces the kitchen-sink realism in-between the bloodletting. John Amplas as Martin is the perfect Bressonian hero. He thirsts, for love.
Romero's strongest film in the execution of a straight-faced tone is also his most developed in character. Martin is deeply eerie, unhinged, and dramatically resonating, because of the careful details of the title character's psychosis, as well as the attention it gives to the sinister method of his operation. It's not only a masterful investigation of human malice, but a tragic examination of its creation.
Romero in a quite unusual vampire film. Terrific and disturbing one as you can rarely watch on this thematic. To add a more creepy impact on the audience the film voluntary plays the card of realism. If you like horror movies this is definitely one piece to watch.
I think Bresson is a clear influnce, but not obvious one, in Romero's work and especially in this film. "Martin" is one of the most clear, almost surgical approach to the theme of vampires that i know, and this ascetic vision reflects all the time in the composition (framing) and in the montage.
Wow what a great movie,no gimmicks too. Superb character study and damn Romero knows how to shoot and effectively edit (the police shootout scene & the inter-cutting between flashback and present is well done). Too bad you find out about these movies later,i mean the vampire/goth genre movies you get so much crap but there are a few good ones that actually aim higher. Thank you Mubi.
¿Cuál es el verdadero origen de Martin?¿Vampiro o una víctima social?El protagonista de esta película trae al recuerdo el fetiche del cine británico de los 60-70's sobre jóvenes incomprendidos en medio de un circuito conservador. El vampirismo como un síntoma de escape de la realidad(por medio de una fantasía).Está también es interpretación del Drácula moderno sin dientes y menos perverso; un rechazo a lo tradicional
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.