Sunday, August 12, 2012

Martin 1976

"See it with someone you're sure of..."

The next two reviews that will be discussed on this site come from two of the horror genres greatest ever directors, both whom became close friends, associates and on occasion collaborators over the next several decades. The directors I refer to are one Mr Dario Argento whose masterpiece Suspiria, 1977 will soon take T.C.M.R. limelight. Firstly however we must deal with and now concentrate on Mr George A. Romero's individual masterpiece, Martin 1976, which was eventually given its full cinema release in the summer of July '78. Again many of you may think why start here with the illustrious canon of work from this man. The answer is very simple. To date this is still Romero's own personal favourite and extraordinarily his only dip into the vampire genre and what a delve into this particular part of the genre it is. Secondly because his work is so major, nay prolific it is therefore inevitable many of his other works will one day be reviewed on this site. We chose Martin simply because it is a side of this director not often mentioned in formal conversation, (yes because of the zombie thang!) Those with a greater affection and understanding of Romero however still often mention Martin as one of his finest works, so there you have it folks. Not only is this film full of wonderful originality but it is simply a unique and extraordinary movie on many more levels. It shows a pragmatism too frequently absent from this genre and apart from Harry K├╝mel's wonderful Daughters of Darkness, 1971, or Tony Scott's beautiful and haunting 1983 effort The Hunger and more recently Tomas Alfredson's pretty amazing 2008 contribution, Let The Right One In. These four sublime movies go way beyond the standard way we look at this often over inflated vampire arena. This film also pointed out Romero's greater range when tapped and quite easily puts him in a elite circle of film directors that could quite have easily done far more as a director than they actually became more famous for, though again I have no complaints on what made him world renowned.