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I feel like I've been hit over the head with a hammer,
This review is from: Martyrs (Unrated) (DVD)
Wow. No, I mean WOW.
First things first: this is positively THE most graphic, disturbing movie I've ever seen in my life. The way I felt after seeing this film was the way you'd feel after waking up from a particularly vivid nightmare. It felt like, "Whoa, did I just see that?" The monster in this film is not some deformed creature in the basement, or a supernatural hellish thing coming out after dark, or even a prowling psychopath with a taste for human flesh. The monster is very human, and very normal, and it's in a place you're least likely to find, and its motives are nothing like what you thought.
Some people compare this to Hostel. Let me tell you... Hostel doesn't hold a candle to this. Hostel is boring, trashy torture porn. This is a masterpiece that looks deep into the human psyche, and reveals a picture that's both horrifying and intriguing. The first part is a bit predictable, but the second part... Boy oh boy. You think you know where it's going, and then it hits you over the head, makes you wish for a different turn of events, makes you want to look away over and over again, and yet you can't...
This is a masterpiece. A gruesome and mind-bending experience, to be sure, but an unforgettable one. Watch it. If you dare.
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Initial post: Jul 16, 2011 8:38:36 AM PDT
I agree with you...oh how I agree with you!
Sooo disturbing, and so so great! :-)
Posted on Oct 20, 2011 7:29:42 PM PDT
Have you seen A Sebian Film to compare with?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2011 9:24:56 PM PDT
Do you mean "A Serbian Film"? I've heard about it but haven't seen it, no.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 10:32:05 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2012 11:55:14 AM PST
How's that? It's a term describing a subgenre of horror.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2012 3:12:47 PM PST
"torture porn" is a misnomer. there is no "XXX porn" in horror. It's more appropriate to call this new genre as torture horror or reality horror. but yeah, torture porn is a ridiculous and meaningless term.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 12:36:53 PM PST
I disagree. The term isn't meant to be taken literally. It has nothing to do with sex. "Porn" in this case is a metaphor meaning the movie is based on gratuitous torture and gore as opposed actual plot, good acting, and character development (the way a porn movie is based on gratuitous sex and not much else).
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 8:26:37 AM PST
A Serbian Film is actually on youtube now. I watched it the other day and it's pretty graphic. Not the uncut version though. Which is apparently hard to find.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2013 12:29:11 PM PST
Thanks, Lauren, I'll check it out.