John Amplas
Director: George A. Romero Cast: John Amplas
John Amplas
, Lincoln Maazel
Lincoln Maazel
, Christine Forrest
Christine Forrest
George A. Romero

DVD (Pan & Scan / Mono / Dolby 5.1)

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Nearly a decade after George A. Romero changed the face of modern horror films with Night of the Living Dead -- and following the less successful projects Season of the Witch and The Crazies -- the Pittsburgh-based auteur returned to top form with this superb vampire tale. Set in a rapidly crumbling steeltown suburb, the story focuses on shy, moody Martin (John Amplas), a teenager of East European descent who may or may not be a vampire. Though he possesses no fangs or supernatural powers and has no aversions to either crucifixes or garlic, Martin is nevertheless compelled to drug pretty young women, slash them with razor blades, and consume their blood. His motivations seem purely psychological -- as revealed to a call-in radio talk show where Martin has become an anonymous celebrity -- but the notion of a family vampire curse is fostered by Martin's stoic uncle Cuda Lincoln Maazel, who is convinced that he must destroy the boy by hammering a stake through his heart. Romero's superb script keeps the film's supernatural questions ambiguous, focusing instead on the characters' inner turmoil as modern-day attitudes and values clash with vanishing Old World traditions. Filmed on an extremely low budget, Martin benefits from its gritty, kitchen-sink realism, making the outbursts of graphic horror even more surreal and disturbing and creating a sense of doom that builds to a tragically ironic climax.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2000
UPC: 0013131099799
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:34:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Amplas Martin
Lincoln Maazel Tata Cuda
Christine Forrest Christina
Elayne Nadeau Mrs. Santini
Tom Savini Arthur
Sarah Venable Housewife victim
Fran Middleton Train victim
Clifford J. Forrest Fr. Zulemas
Richard P. Rubinstein Housewife Victim's Husband
Al Levitsky Lewis
George A. Romero Father Howard
James Roy Deacon
Robert Ogden Businessman
Donaldo Soviero Flashback Priest
Donna Siegal Woman
Tony Buba Drug Dealer
Clayton McKinnon Drug Dealer

Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Tony Buba Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Gornick Cinematographer
Donald A. Rubinstein Score Composer
Richard P. Rubinstein Producer
Tom Savini Makeup,Special Effects

Scene Index

Chapter Selections
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Main Titles [9:29]
2. "I'm Cuda" [5:14]
3. "Nosferatu" [4:02]
4. "You must be Martin" [7:02]
5. Deliveries [5:24]
6. "The family curse" [5:17]
7. The Stalking [4:40]
8. An Unexpected Guest [11:28]
9. "It's been a long time" [2:54]
10. "The Count" [3:48]
11. A Nice Catholic Family [2:19]
12. "So gentle, so nice" [1:25]
13. Exocisms [6:01]
14. "You are the Devil" [3:03]
15. The Sexy Stuff [2:22]
16. Family Secrets [4:20]
17. Observation [:50]
18. "I've got to pick somebody" [4:46]
19. Police Action [4:04]
20. "Get used to your life" [3:20]
21. "Your soul is damned" [:59]
22. End Credits [1:40]

Customer Reviews

Martin 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps Romero's best, or most unique, film. It is a perfect example of what a director, who has little money, can do with a great idea. The film has shots which seem to focus on the mundane, a quality of films with little money, and this direction makes the film for me. Most directors abandon this quality as their career allows them to show more fantastical things. The character of Martin is delicate and surprisingly sober in his soft spoken way. The woman he creates a sexual relationship with compares him to a cat she once owned and this analogy sums him up fairly well. The actual bloodsucking effected me deeply the first time I watched it. The lengths he must go are incredible. The actions was enjoyable to watch and a strange type of seduction often took place. There are many who would like to say the film is for an age of disbelief, but for me belief has little to do with his portrayal. Martin, if he is a vampire, is quite accomplished and capable. If he is just a young man than he is fabulously interesting. The point of whether he is or not is of no consequence. Overall the film is an antique of the 70's. I use it to transport myself to a time I never lived in. Why this film? Why not a film that chose to embody the popular aspects of the 70's? It is the desire, that Romero has to say something more, that allows me to see the world precisely as it was then. To call it an antique is not to say that it is truly old, but that is serves for me to be a nostalgic film. One of the many unique functions of film is its ability to preserve.