Monday, December 20, 2010

Martin (1977)

Director: George A. Romero

Starring: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau, Tom Savini

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He could be the boy next door...

Plot: A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

There's something about Romero's early pictures that I really dig. They feel different. There's a reliance on the story and the performances that you get from low budget film making. Romero seems to cast a lot of regular people and while the performances may be amateurish, they're also more realistic and believable. He keeps it at a reasonable length of 95 minutes and he delivers a nice, bleak and ambiguous ending that will leave you questioning if he is what he says he is. Good flick. I'm stunned it hasn't been remade.

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