Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Movie Review: "Martin" (1976)

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Movie: "Martin"
Director: George A. Romero
Year: 1976
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Martin (John Amplas) believes he is a vampire, but not your typical vampire with fangs that hates garlic and burns in the sun. He just likes to drink the blood of others. He does so by drugging them and slicing open a vein to drink his victim's blood. His cousin Cuda (Lincoln Maazel) believes Martin is a legitimate Nosferatu, including all the mystical, magical parts of being a vampire, and wants to cleanse Martin's soul before destroying him.

This is a rather interesting movie about a young man who is really a mentally disturbed serial killer. Despite being a killer who drinks their blood, he's almost sort of sympathetic. It's definitely a unique take on the idea of a vampire. One big drawback of the film is its pacing: it's pretty darn slow-moving and has that horror element running throughout, but it really is a drama at its core. Pretty decent, but nothing we'd watch again.

My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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