Label: Level Green - 22006 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack, Score
Martin also known internationally as Wampyr is a American psychological horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romeroand starring John Amplas. Its plot follows a troubled young man who believes himself to be a vampire. Shot inMartin was Romero's fifth feature film and followed The Crazies Romero claimed that Martin was the favorite of all his films.
The film is also notable as the first collaboration between George Romero and special effects artist Tom Savini. While a prosecution for obscenity did not result, the film was seized and confiscated in the UK under Section 3 of the Obscene Publications Act during the video nasty panic. As the film opens, a young man, travelling on an overnight train from Indianapolis to Pittsburghsedates a young woman with a syringe full of narcotics, slices her wrist with a razor blade, and drinks her blood.
The next morning, he is met at the Pittsburgh Nottingham Slag - Angelic Upstarts - Power Of The Press station by a mysterious man in white who escorts him away, whereupon the pair board a local train destined for BraddockPennsylvania.
The young man, named Martin, has romantic monochrome visions of vampiric seductions and torch-lit mobs, but it is impossible to tell if these visions are real or imagined. The man in white is Martin's elderly grand-uncle, Tateh Cuda. Due to the death of Martin's immediate family in Indianapolis, Cuda has reluctantly agreed to give Martin room and boardsharing the house with him and his cousin Christine.
He forbids his nephew from speaking to Christine and tries unsuccessfully to repel him with traditional Guajira - Santana - Santana III strings of garlic and holy objects like a crucifix and blessed statues.
Martin mocks these attempts and says bitterly, "There's no real magic Cuda warns that if Martin murders anyone in Braddock, he will stake him through the heart. While making deliveries for Cuda's butcher shop, Martin meets several local women, most distinctly the lonely housewife Mrs.
He runs from her attempts at seducing him but, curious, later returns to her. He seeks advice on women from a radio disc jockeywho calls him "the Count", and Martin tries to set the record straight about vampires, saying there is no "magic stuff". The DJ realizes that his listeners consider Martin to be a hit. Eventually overpowered by his thirst, Martin sneaks out to Pittsburgh and targets a woman that he sees at a local market. Believing her to be alone while her husband is away on business, he breaks into her house, only to discover her in bed with a lover.
Martin feeds on the man, then drugs and rapes the woman. Back in Braddock, Martin eventually gives in to what he calls the "sexy stuff" and begins a full-fledged affair with Mrs. Santini, losing interest in other women as victims to feed his hunger. Christine, frustrated by her disagreements with Cuda, as well as her unhappy relationship with her boyfriend, moves out of the house.
On a feeding binge in the city, in which Martin targets two derelicts for the first time, he narrowly escapes the police. Safely back at home, he visits Mrs.
Santini, only to find that she has committed suicide. Cuda, believing Martin to be the culprit, stakes him through the heart and buries him in the backyard.
As the credits roll, radio callers can be heard asking what has happened to "the Count". The final shot shows Tateh Cuda in his garden, placing a crucifix on Martin's fresh grave.
Romero wrote the script for Martin based on literary monsters and their orientation in culture; discussing it, he said:. Martin is designed to that all those supernatural monsters that are part of our literary tradition are, in essence, expurgations of ourselves. They are Allegro Poco Mosso - Daniil Shafran*, Anton Ginzburg* - Shafran Plays Franck And Debussy we've created in order to exorcise the monster from within us I tried to show in Martin that you can't just slice off this evil part of ourselves and throw it away.
It's a permanent part of us, and we'd better try and understand it. It was filmed in the Pittsburgh suburb of BraddockPennsylvania during the summer of Gagne, "The Zombies that Ate Pittsburgh", ] [ citation needed ]. The original cut of the film ran approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Martin was screened at the Garlic Chase #6 - Donald Rubinstein - George A. Romeros Martin film market in in hopes Houseband - Dancing Shoes securing a distributor.
Its score was performed by the band Goblin. Wampyr is now only available in an Italian-dubbed version. It's consensus reads, "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. A review published by The Lecture - Various - Trojan Reggae Rarities Box Set Austin Chronicle noted: " Martin is relentlessly downbeat and has a molasses pace, but is nonetheless worthwhile to watch if you're in the mood for an uncomfortable, depressing Romero-style take on the vampire legend.
Variety staff wrote: "Pittsburgh-based auteur 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, and his direction of the victimization scenes shows a definite flair for suspense. The film was not without its detractors.
Judith Martin of The Washington Post criticized the film's depiction of violence as well as the critical assessments regarding the film's underlying themes such as alienation and satire of the literary vampirewriting: " 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.
We're not really coming for that, it seems to say; that is just there because it is an integral part of the story. In the early s, Time Out conducted a poll with several authors, directors, actors and critics who had worked within the horror genre. They Charlie And His MAM - Various - 23 Drifts To Guestling asked to vote for their top horror films.
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