Martin

  • 18
  • George A Romero (1978)
  • US
  • 90 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

A neglected minor masterpiece from cult horror director George A Romero about a disturbed teenager who may or may not be a vampire. Is John Amplas a sexually repressed oddball with a Dracula fixation, or an octogenarian kept youthful by blood? Romero doesn't give the game away easily, telling his highly intelligent story with overdoses of atmosphere, gore and jet-black humour. Poking fun at everything we ever learned from a Peter Cushing movie, the film also features a splendid central performance from Amplas, who stalks suburbia killing frenziedly with razor blades instead of the traditional fangs. Not everyone's cup of tea (or blood), this low-budget master class is well worth a look for horror addicts with a craving for the offbeat. The director himself appears as a priest.

Plot Summary

Horror starring John Amplas and Lincoln Maazel. Is 17-year-old Martin the supernatural, blood-sucking fiend he believes himself to be? Or is there another equally terrifying explanation for his need for warm-blooded murder?

Cast and crew

Cast

Martin
John Amplas
Tati Cuda
Lincoln Maazel
Christina
Christine Forrest
Mrs Santini
Elayne Nadeau
Arthur
Tom Savini
Housewife victim
Sarah Venable
Train victim
Fran Middleton
Lewis
Al Levitsky
Father Howard
George A Romero

Crew

Director
George A Romero

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour and Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Martin Films Ltd
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 18

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