is probably George A Romero
's most poetic and saddest movie. The story centers on the titular character, who is convinced he is a vampire and moves with his cousin, Cuda, who is also convinced of this fact. One thing he clearly is is a serial killer; he murders women to drink their blood. But is he really a vampire, or is it all in his and Cuda's minds?Not
to be confused with the 1990s Martin Lawrence sitcom
This movie features examples of:
- Driven to Suicide: The woman Martin befriends.
- Downer Ending: Luda blames Martin for his friend's death, which was actually a suicide, stakes him while he sleeps and buries him in the garden.
- Gorn: Martin's staking.
- Monster Misogyny: Martin's victims are almost all women, and the only man he gets is by accident.
- Our Vampires Are Different: They probably don't even exist.
- However, if they do, they don't have any traditional weaknesses besides stakes to the heart, or powers. Sunlight appears to hurt their eyes, and it appears to be heriditary. Blood is required for them to keep functioning, and Martin, apparently, is eighty years old, despite looking like a teenager.
- Real-Life Relative: Christine is played by George Romero's wife Christine. Also a case of The Danza.
- Serial Killer: What Martin is undisputably.