Romero's Martin from Arrow Films

Arrow Films have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of George A. Romero's Martin for 22nd September 2003 with a retail price of £17.99. Special Features on the DVD include a documentary on director George A. Romero, original theatrical trailer, stills gallery and TV and Radio spots.

From the PR:

Ten years after he single-handedly revitalised the zombie film genre in 1968 with the hugely successful "Night Of The Living Dead", director George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead; Dawn Of The Dead; Day Of The Dead) turned his hand to reinventing the vampire genre with MARTIN. A genuinely disturbing horror film with powerful psychological undertones, MARTIN turns the traditional conventions of the vampire myth inside out. Hugely underrated at the time of its release, MARTIN has now come to be accepted by many critics and horror fans as Romero's finest work to date.

Despite a lack of fangs, and having no aversion to daylight, garlic or crucifixes, insecure teenager Martin believes he is actually an 84-year-old vampire compelled to drink the blood of humans in order to survive. Martin's belief is reinforced by his elderly uncle, Cuda, with whom he is sent to stay to work in his Pittsburgh grocery store. Cuda is convinced vampirism is part of their family curse and refers to Martin as "Nosferatu", employing ineffective Old World defences in an attempt to keep the teenager at bay. Driven by his insatiable blood lust, the frustrated and confused Martin is forced to kill and feed, first drugging his victims to reduce their suffering before opening their veins with a razor blade. However, his inhuman desires are almost overcome when he begins an affair with a desperate older woman and he starts to question the validity of his self-belief.

An intelligent, modern day story of addiction, sexuality, and obsession, given a unique vampire twist, Romero's film begins with a typically shocking opening scene that perfectly sets the tone for what is to come. Romero regular John Amplas (Creepshow; Day Of The Dead) gives an astonishing sympathetic performance as the eponymous anti-hero, starring alongside the real-life Mrs. Romero, Christine Forrest (Dawn Of The Dead; Knightriders; Creepshow; Monkey Shines; The Dark Half), make-up wizard Tom Savini, and, as an ineffectual priest, the director himself.

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