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We celebrate love day with a double dose of downer Draculas: the moody, melancholy “Martin” and “My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To”.

THIS EPISODE: “MARTIN” (1978) AND “MY HEART CAN’T BEAT UNLESS YOU TELL IT TO” (2021)

Nothing says a day of love like contemplating isolation, the futility of human connections, the depraved potential of the human soul, and how we’re all just a bunch of meat bags.

So, for our Valentine’s Day special episode, we deliver a double feature that really hones in on these themes: George Romero’s mournfully violent Martin (1978) and one of our 2021 favorites with an appropriately emo title, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (2021).

These movies dare to ask: What if vampires were just freaky little guys who sustained their lives on human blood? Far from the animal sex appeal of Dracula, Lestat, or even those feral rage monsters in 30 Days of Night (300 days if you want to make it Spartan), these guys are dour, impoverished, chronically ill, delusional, and might bear too close a resemblance to the human beings they’re slicing open and sucking dry.

Be forewarned: nothing good happens in these stories — except some unhinged karaoke, which is kind of fun. In the mood for some actual sensuality? Ugh, fine, but it’s still going to be upsetting.

Be sure to also check out our favorite horror romances right here on Morbidly Beautiful.

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Not Your Final Girl is a podcast hosted by three women (Ariel Dyer and Candace Sluder) just trying to make it to the end of the movie. Join us bi-weekly for deep dives into horror with a fresh take on the genre we love! We’re @NYFGpod on Letterboxd if you want to check out all the movies we’ve talked about on the pod. You can also follow Candace at @crammpuss if you want to peek at what movies might be coming up next.

A proud part of the Morbidly Beautiful Podcast Network. Our drive for intersectionality aligns well with the Morbidly Beautiful ethos. We love that MB is a nonprofit that gives back to the horror community, and are thrilled to be a part of the network.

The original music/theme song for the show was done by Ariel Dyer, arieldyer.bandcamp.com. Our main show logo/artwork was created by Brian Demarest (@evilflynn on Instagram). 


If you love this episode, be sure to head here to catch up on past episodes. You can also find this bi-weekly podcast on all major podcasting platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Soundcloud. Be sure to follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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