Honoring the memory of visionary horror pioneer (and Toronto resident) George A. Romero, who died in July, with a 35mm screening of Martin, his 1978 down-beat vampire tale.

As he did to zombies in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, here Romero breaks down the conventions of the vampire film, even sometimes mocking them (he was no fan of the classic Universal horror films, that’s fore sure).

Romero felt a close personal connection to the film, displaying his native Pittsburgh during a period of economic decline (the film-processing industry, once thriving, was shuttering as news gathering switched to video).

As the film’s characters and surroundings blend from fantasy to reality, the film showcases the filmmaker’s “lament for the fantastic,” as Richard Lippe once put it: “[He] documents a culture that insists on conformity and exists on the foundation of materialism.” And yet Dawn of the Dead, Romero’s lamen on commercialism, was right around the corner.