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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"George A. Romero is still limited by apparently low budgets. But he has inserted some sepia-toned flashback scenes of Martin in Rumania that are extraordinarily evocative."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A neglected minor masterpiece from cult horror director George A Romero about a disturbed teenager who may or may not be a vampire."
‑ Robert Sellers, Radio Times
"I Was a Teenage Vampire, rendered by George Romero with breathtaking dolor and tenderness."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Romero's finest achievement may have been...[this] 1977 character study about a young, lonely man living in Pittsburgh who may or may not be a vampire."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Psicologicamente denso, o filme usa o "vampirismo" do personagem como metáfora das angústias de uma década conturbada, podendo ser "lido" de inúmeras formas diferentes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Romero makes stunning use of his Pittsburgh locations to create a desolate suburban wasteland, and at its best it is rivetingly raw-edged."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's rough around the edges (variable acting and flaky FX abound) yet it still intrigues, still disgusts and -- important, this -- still disturbs."
‑ , Total Film
"Martin will baffle many fans of the vampire genre, but it's a satisfying treat for horror aficionados nonetheless, and beyond that, it's simply a superb piece of film-making."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"A shocking, thoughtful reworking of the vampire myth set in a dying American steel town."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A seriously stark look at the modern vampire."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A surprisingly tender, ambiguous, and sexy film in which Romero's penchant for social satire is for once restricted to local and modest proportions."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"More than just a midnight-movie classic, Martin is inventive, haunting and bitingly smart. Forget the recent Land Of The Dead and see Romero at the top of his terror game."
‑ , Film4
"Aside from the zombie classics and taken by itself, Martin is also a kind of masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Gory thriller that makes fun of the vampire myth before the hammer blow of a truly shocking climax."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"Creepy and weird. One of my favorite vampire movies ever."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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