Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Torture Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent torture films.

In torture films, sadistic violence or torture is a central aspect of the plot.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Martin

A vampirist visits his granduncle who believes he is a real vampire.

 

United States
1977
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Cultists: 
Cleric
Relative: 
Related
5.04
Blood is thicker than this plot.
5.04
4
6
5.04
2
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2
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
This film’s most important characteristic is that we are on the killer’s side. The man thinks he’s a vampire and so does his granduncle, for some reason. The question is: is he a vampire or simply suffering from vampirism. Does he need blood to survive? Can garlic and light kill him? We may never know. George A. Romero writes and directs. It’s one of his favorite pictures. It's quite a mindfuck.
A portion of martin’s journey happens in his head. Several scenes are filmed in black and white. They’re surreal, so we know they’re fabulations. That’s where you see crosses and candles being used against Martin. His granduncle knows something we don’t. The man has seen Nosferatu, the film, because that’s how he calls Martin. If this all sounds confusing, it’s because it was meant to be.
There are two ways this story could turn out, and it’s the main interest. We hope for a concrete answer, at some point, and we may or may not get it. Cinematographically, this film is fascinating but flawed. The camera isn’t stable. The framing is poorly executed. The score is experimental. John Amplas, who plays Martin, is the only actor we care about. Everyone one exists only to be butchered.
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