Reviews

Martin: Special Edition

4

There’s a lot of love for George A Romero. The ’90s and pre-Land Of The Dead noughties were a barren period for the King of Homegrown Horror, but his seminal early output earned him devotion from both viewers and collaborators. These socially conscious shockers slurped on a stew of cast and crew (plus siblings, colleagues, fellow city-men) willing to work with Romero for scant remuneration. They did it for love. Or the chance to spew up on some rotting intestines...

Nowadays, a bonus of this cheapskate communalism is that it lends itself to great group natter-tracks on DVD. Pleasingly, the yak-along on Martin, the tale of a 17-year-old boy who may or may not be a vampire, has Romero and his crew (including FX fiend Tom Savini) putting in more jaw-work than a zombie on fresh flesh. Right off the bat, the old pros teach us some cheap tricks. Like how a train was made to seem in motion by a guy swinging a light outside. Or how the first woman Martin attacks worked as a waitress with Romero’s wife-to-be.

Martin gives vampire mythology a vein of teen angst due to its suburban setting and careful casting. When asked on Martin’s doc if his anti-hero really is undead, Romero says, “No, I think he’s just mixed up.” Beneath the rivers of gore, he’s good with people. Little wonder they want to work for him.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: March 27th 2006