Martyrs (2008) – Movie Review

Martyrs (2008) – Movie Review


Hi, I’m Torstein from Cinema Terror and today
I will be talking about the french extreme horror film Martyrs from 2008. Before I start to talk about Martyrs, I just
want to let you know that this review will contain some spoilers, so if you haven’t seen
the film then I will just say that I do recommend it if you can handle movies that strive to
keep you as uncomfortable as possible. So if that is your thing then go check out
Martyrs and then come back to this video if you want to hear my thoughts about the film. In Martyrs we follow the two young female
friends Anna and Lucie. Lucie has convinced Anna that she has found
the couple that kept her captive and tortured her when she was a teenager. Unbeknown to Anna, Lucie is not only out to
confront the couple as she has her mind set on ending their lives and by accomplishing
that, hopefully terminate her own demons. Things doesn’t go as planned of course and
what we get is an exercise in pain, pain and more pain. This is my second time watching Martyrs. The only reason why I rewatched it was due
to me holding a screening of it at our local filmclub. The experience of watching it for a second
time just made the experience even worse as I knew exactly what the film had in store
for me. Martyrs will make you uncomfortable as you
feel every inch of pain that are being delivered to the characters in the film. It is not a gorefest, but rather a film that
executes its torture in a realistic and disturbing manner. It shows how on point the creators was as
they didn’t have to cut up the characters or have them be raped or anything like that
to make you feel like you are witnessing the worst acts human beings could possibly commit. The filmmakers boldy went on the journey to
hit you in the face right as the movie starts and keep pounding you with shocking imagery
throughout the entire 100 minute running time, with no pauses to breathe or humerous scenes
to release the tension that keeps on building and building within you. The film actually manages to make you question
why you would want to expose yourself to art that makes you feel nearly depressed. As a runner of a filmclub it was a perfect
movie to bring that question up, although most of the audience was just emotionally
tired after experiencing Martyrs that there was only silence for several minutes after
the credits was done rolling. The man behind all of this torment is director/screenwriter
Pascal Laugier. He got his breakthrough with his 2004 feature
House of Voices, also known as Saint Ange which is its French title. I have to admit that I haven’t gotten around
to see that one yet for some reason, even though it is sitting in one of my DVD shelfs
somewhere. Right after he delivered this devastating
movie to the horror world, he got attached to doing the new Hellraiser film. That sounded like a perfect match but sadly
he left the production due to disagreement on what type of tone the movie should be in. After seeing Martyrs, they should have just
given him full creative freedom to whatever he wanted with the franchise. If he did, then we sure as hell wouldn’t ever
get the abomination that was Hellraiser: Revelations in 2011. Laugier was finally able to follow up Martyrs
in 2012 with The Tall Man, starring Jessica Biel, which sadly didn’t do too well. He will be back this year with a new horror
film called Incident in a Ghost Land though, but it is still a crime that such a talented
director has only been able to do two films over the last ten years! I also gotta give huge praise to the two main
characters of the film. Mylene Jampanoi as Lucie and Morjana Alaoui
as Anna deserves so much respect for accepting and excelling in their parts. It had to be terribly hard parts to do and
I am happy to see that they are still having active careers after jumping into and giving
it their all on this project. And while I am praising people, even the cinematography
is top notch here and the makeup effects are incredible. Martyrs legacy is still standing strong these
days, packing just as great of a punch today as it did ten years ago. Even the abysmal and soft American remake
from 2015 couldn’t do anything to tarnish this film. It is an amazing adult horror film that can
be discussed, dissected and analyzed for years to come. Martyrs will shock you, overload you with
dread and give you an unique experience. Martyrs will stand the test of time and is
already a classic of our genre and easily gets a 5 out of 5. So Martyrs, have you seen it, what did you
think of it? Are there other disturbing movies like this
that perhaps others do not know about that you would like to recommend? I hope you enjoyed this review and if you
did, then there are more coming in the future so make sure you subscribe and all of that
stuff. Thank you!

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