31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 12 – Martin

12 Oct

The films continue, as do the body counts in our look at 31 Horror films this month of October.  Sometimes a film is truly a film that could easily be identifiable with the Halloween theme.  Other times, we have today’s film.

What do razor blades, motorcycles, and Jeffrey Dahmer have in common?  Let’s look at today’s film.

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 12

Film #12

~ Martin ~

Director:  George A. Romero
Year:  1977
Cast: John Amplas, Elyane Nadeau, Tom Savini, Lincoln Maazel
Language:  English
Country:  United States
Specs:  95 mins. / Color / OAR 1.37:1 / MPAA Rating: R

Martin (Amplas), a serial killer with a penchant for human blood, moves in with his uncle Cuda (Maazel), who thinks he is Nasferatu.  Martin begins a killing spree, while attempting to juggle a job as a delivery boy, an affair with a local townswoman, and stay one step ahead of his uncle, who has intentions to exorcise the vampiric demon from his nephew, thus saving his soul.

A disturbing serial killer tale that is very low budget looking, and although shot in 1977, resembles the editorial and filming styles of films 10 years its senior (“Easy Rider”).  The film makes little sense, beyond an excuse to push the envelope of what was deemed excess at that time in cinema.  We get to see Martin slice open the arms of his victims, and strip naked, while drinking their blood.

Don’t let the poster mislead you.  Other than the uncle calling him Nasferatu, there is nothing in this film to denote it a vampire film.  It’s simply an art house serial killer film, without the detectives, the remorse, or the plot!  Even the ending was seen from a mile away, sadly.

If the name of the director wasn’t so widely known, I’d say this was simply a very forgettable film.  I’d heard that, as with Romero’s zombie films, this was a social commentary on society.  Sadly, that message flew right over my head, if there were any?

A positive aspect of this film was the performance by Amplas as Martin.  His portrayal of a conflicted cannibalistic serial killer was certainly believable.  In addition, the special effects by Savini were equally as real looking, hence the disturbing nature of the gruesome killings.

No treat here.  Only tricks.

My Rating:  * / F

Available on Amazon: Martin

Stay tuned…

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