MARTIN (1976 U.S.) D/W: GEORGE A. ROMERO P: RICHARD RUBINSTEIN/BEN BARENHOLTZ (uncredited)
Romero`s best is a disturbing, insightful masterpiece starring John Amplas as a very confused 18 year-old orphan sent to live with his elderly cousin, who puts it into the kid`s head that he`s an ageless vampire. Martin becomes a regular voice on a local late night radio advice program when he`s not slaughtering women. Lacking the sharp teeth, he uses razors and syringes to drain the blood. But the sexually meek and inexperienced killer is more sympathetic than threatening, and one truly feels for him as his idiotic cousin does more harm than good. The ending is a real gut-wrencher. Available in several alternate versions throughout the years, it`s now finally available in an uncut pristine print (a great version has also been screened several times on U.K.`s Channel 4) which includes often excised footage of a chicken having his head cut-off. But in any version, it`s a must-see. With Michael Gornick, FX guy Tom Savini in a small part and Romero as a priest.

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