Tom Humberstone


horror month - day 15

Martin (1977)

"Nosferatu. Vampire! First I will save your soul, then I will destroy you. I will show you your room."

Quick summary: Martin is either an eighty-four year old vampire on the run, or a sexually frustrated disturbed young man who has been convinced by his superstitious family that he's a vampire.

This is one of George A Romero's films I've had on my to-watch list for years but never got around to. It's immediately become my favourite film of his.

There's enough ambiguity there for us to believe Martin could actually be a vampire (although I'm pretty sure he isn't). But leaving that question aside, he doesn't have any supernatural powers or strength, so the scenes in which he attacks his victims are incredibly awkward, uncomfortably long, disturbing and shine a light on how vampirism is essentially sexual assault when you strip away the gothic romanticism. It's sort of an anti-vampire film.

I think this and Let the Right One In would make a good double-bill of excellent, atypical vampire films.

Tonight: I'm off to Dublin for the weekend so while I'll be making sure to watch a horror film each day, I'm not going to be able to draw an image and update the blog until Monday. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with it all quickly but my current workload may mean having to throw unillustrated blogs up to start with. If you're following along, I'm planning on watching Possession (1981), Tenebrae (1982), and Housebound (2014).

Also of interest: Charlie Lyne, director of Beyond Clueless, has a new documentary about horror - Fear Itself - dropping on BBC iPlayer on Monday at 9pm. It has an excellent score by Jeremy Warmsley of Summer Camp (who did the music for Beyond Clueless).