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|Lincoln Maazel||Tata Cuda|
|Elayne Nadeau||Mrs. Santini|
|Sarah Venable||Housewife victim|
|Fran Middleton||Train victim|
|Clifford J. Forrest Jr.||Fr. Zulemas|
|Richard P. Rubinstein||Housewife Victim's Husband|
|George A. Romero||Father Howard|
|Donaldo Soviero||Flashback Priest|
|Tony Buba||Drug Dealer|
|Clayton McKinnon||Drug Dealer|
|George A. Romero||Director, Editor, Screenwriter|
|Tony Buba||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Donald A. Rubinstein||Score Composer|
|Richard P. Rubinstein||Producer|
|Tom Savini||Makeup, Special Effects|
Posted October 1, 2010
Perhaps Romero's best, or most unique, film. It is a perfect example of what a director, who has little money, can do with a great idea. The film has shots which seem to focus on the mundane, a quality of films with little money, and this direction makes the film for me. Most directors abandon this quality as their career allows them to show more fantastical things.
The character of Martin is delicate and surprisingly sober in his soft spoken way. The woman he creates a sexual relationship with compares him to a cat she once owned and this analogy sums him up fairly well.
The actual bloodsucking effected me deeply the first time I watched it. The lengths he must go are incredible. The actions was enjoyable to watch and a strange type of seduction often took place. There are many who would like to say the film is for an age of disbelief, but for me belief has little to do with his portrayal. Martin, if he is a vampire, is quite accomplished and capable. If he is just a young man than he is fabulously interesting. The point of whether he is or not is of no consequence.
Overall the film is an antique of the 70's. I use it to transport myself to a time I never lived in. Why this film? Why not a film that chose to embody the popular aspects of the 70's? It is the desire, that Romero has to say something more, that allows me to see the world precisely as it was then. To call it an antique is not to say that it is truly old, but that is serves for me to be a nostalgic film. One of the many unique functions of film is its ability to preserve.