Martin (1977)

One of horror filmmaker George Romero's many "small" 1970s films, Martin was fortunate enough to foster a cult following that has enabled it to take its proper place as a minor classic. 17-year-old Martin (John Amplas) has… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: May 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2000
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: George A. Romero's contribution to vampire lore contains the expected gore and social satire -- but it's also surprisingly thoughtful, and boasts a whopper of a final act.

Judith Martin
Washington Post

"Martin" is pretentious in a way that pornography is when it is dressed up for people who don't want to admit to their taste.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A surprisingly tender, ambiguous, and sexy film in which Romero's penchant for social satire is for once restricted to local and modest proportions.

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Total Film

It's rough around the edges (variable acting and flaky FX abound) yet it still intrigues, still disgusts and -- important, this -- still disturbs.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

Not so much a horror film as a tragedy of alienation, Martin presents a man gravely isolated by a repressive family environment, painful shyness and fear of 'sexy stuff'...

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Ben Cobb

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Romero makes stunning use of his Pittsburgh locations to create a desolate suburban wasteland, and at its best it is rivetingly raw-edged.

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Robert Sellers
Radio Times

A neglected minor masterpiece from cult horror director George A Romero about a disturbed teenager who may or may not be a vampire.

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Fernando F. Croce

I Was a Teenage Vampire, rendered by George Romero with breathtaking dolor and tenderness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
George A. Romero has once again departed from the zombie genre with Martin and created a memorable and classic vampire film in the process. This is a very well… More
Antony Stubbs
Though it is (and will no doubt remain) overshadowed by Romero's zombie movies, this was proof that George could work wonders with other horror types as… More
Graham Jones
George Romero's Martin is my favorite vampire movie. Set in 1970's Pittsburgh. At times gruesome and at times extremely thoughtful. Also a great… More
Curtis Lilly
A bit too uncomfortable for me.
Aj V
One of my favourite vampire movies, this one if from Romero, who is more famous for his zombie movies, but does a fantastic job in any horror genre, I think.… More
Stella Dallas
quite apart from the 70's low budget cheese, this film has a brilliant conceit. vampire films generally aren't that scary because they're so far… More