Director: George Romero
Writer: George Romero
Keywords: Horror, Vampire, Talk Radio
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Review by Cecilia Dougherty (posted on 4-Aug-2007)
Martin - takes place in Romero's beloved Pittsburgh, the perfect movie town because it represents every city, but there's really no city like it - Eastern and Midwestern at the same time. A hometown and a big town. The directing is perfect - Romero's directing begins and ends with casting. His actors seem free to create their own personas, and many of them, having limited opportunities to act on film, really manage to develop their characters in situ, creating a truly evolving persona as the film unfolds.
Martin is a vampire, but is also just a modern kid. He's a casual dresser, is interested in the ladies but seems to have little experience with women. Until he bites them, that is. The opening scenes on a train, where Martin is headed for Pittsburgh, has his first kill and then gets off the train at Union Station is fairly wonderful. Romero's timing is exquisite -somewhere between natural and nervous - and the camera moves almost like we're in a docu-drama, so we know that nothing good can come of this (of Martin's getting off the train) and we want to find out how we know this, and we find it through Romero's storytelling.
The film has a theme that is often repeated in horror films - the young person who is feeling both trapped and protected by his family. The internal conflicts that inevitably erupt as a young person grows into adulthood. The vampire aspect is just the icing on the cake.
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