14 December 2008

Martin (1977)

It's very interesting that the first thing I thought to write here was "poor Martin." And that's what's ridiculously effective about this movie--you're on Martin's side, despite the fact that the first scene involves, you know, killing a girl and drinking her blood. But his depiction as a "real life" vampire is contrasted with his crazy religious old man cousin muttering about Nosferatu and threatening to kill him without salvation so it's clear who the protagonist is meant to be. Even if he kills people. SO GOOD.
Also, the setting of the town, which is a real town in Pennsylvania, is so gorgeously grimy and rundown. I wish I took more screencaps of it while I was watching. Everything is old--and so is everyone--and there's so much talk of the old ways and old fears, it fits perfectly.

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