George A. Romero’s Martin
Meet Martin Mathias. Martin is a typical teenage boy. He’s shy, particularly around girls, he gets lonely and he doesn’t talk much. Well, maybe Martin isn’t so typical, especially since according to both he and his elderly cousin Tada Cuda, Martin is actually an 83 year old vampire.
Sure Martin doesn’t have any fangs, can walk around during the day and even says himself that there is no such thing as magic but he does have one thing that other vampires have… An insatiable thirst for human blood. Martin may not have the powers that come with being a vampire but he makes do. After all who needs hypnotic powers when you have syringes full of narcotics and who needs fangs when razor blades will do just as well?
Vampire or not, unknown to his family Martin is a serial killer. He prefers beautiful young ladies and fantasizes about being a romantic supernatural vampire who has the power to seduce his victims. His romantic fantasies often get him into trouble though since whenever Martin gets distracted he sometimes forgets that things don’t always go as planned.
Martin has been sent to live with his cousin Cuda so that Cuda can “redeem his soul before sending him to the hereafter”. According to family legend vampirism is a curse that runs through the family and every so often a vampire is born amongst them. Being a good Catholic family, whenever such a creature is born it must be destroyed, but not without first being saved in the eyes of god. Not everyone believes the old family legends though. Cuda’s granddaughter Christina thinks her grandfather is nuts and that poor Martin has been driven mad by a family too wrapped up in superstition and old wives tales to know fantasy from reality. After all it’s obvious Martin isn’t a vampire… is he?
A film by George A. Romero, best known for his Living Dead zombie movies, Martin is an eerie film about a teenage boy who believes he is a vampire. Whether or not Martin is a vampire he is clearly a very disturbed young man who takes to murder to satisfy his need to escape reality. The movie is dark, gritty and just a wee bit disturbing which in my book makes it a must see.