Considered by many to be George Romero's greatest work, MARTIN is a shocking, thoughtful reworking of the vampire myth set in a dying American steel town. Martin (John Amplas) is a shy, alienated 17-year-old who thinks he may be a vampire--a theory which seems to be confirmed by the opening
scene. Aboard a Pittsburgh-bound train, Martin waylays a female passenger, injects her with sodium pentothal, and, while she is in a stupor, violates her. Lacking fangs, he then cuts her wrist with a razor blade and drinks her blood. (The gruesomely realistic special makeup effects are by Tom
Savini, here working on the first of his many films for Romero.) When Martin arrives in...