Killer Sexy Stuff!
George Romero has always maintained that Martin is his favorite of his own movies, despite his obvious obsession with the Dead series that he began his career with and that will probably continue until long after his death. I can’t disagree: Martin is the only Romero film that gets me talking (although my favorite book of film theory, Steven Shaviro’s The Cinematic Body, discusses the Dead films extensively, and brilliantly. If you don’t read Shaviro, you should.)
All of the killing scenes in this film are excruciating. When people talk about audiences identifying with the characters in horror films I don’t think they mean that we SYMPATHIZE with the killers, but in this film that’s exactly what we do. Watching Martin doing “the sexy stuff” is almost like peaking in on a teenager losing his/her virginity. I don’t want to go on too long about Martin or Martin because I love him and every scene in it so much this little profile would end up being a detailed synopsis of the whole movie. So I’ll just mention my favorite scene then end with a quote from Romero himself. There is something sublime about watching Martin carrying two bags of groceries up long roads, across bridges, all in gorgeous ‘70’s yellowish-browns.
"If he is our own child; if he is our primal conscience, looking back at us from the center of our souls, then Martin is a truly dangerous creature. For then he has us all figured out, while we haven't come close to understanding him." —George A. Romero, March 1977