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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.
The problem is that, for most people, they are simply NOT going to be anticipating what this film actually IS, as opposed to what they've been led to BELIEVE it is. Namely, though it contains many ASPECTS typical of the genre, 'Martyrs' is NOT really a "horror film" in the usual sense.
Don't get me wrong, though -- the film certainly IS horrifying at times, on a number of different levels. And it has a kind of nightmare poetry which continues to haunt me.
'Martyrs' also manages to convey an overwhelming sense of cumulative dread and a hellishly pervasive sense of cold, heartless, systematically calculating evil. But it actually has a lot more in common with Gaspar Noe's uncompromising 'Irreversible' and the dark lyricism of Franju's 'Eyes Without A Face' than it does with films like 'Saw' or 'Hostel'.
For, while it does have some extremely disturbing violence and gore, it's somewhat less extreme in that respect than either 'High Tension' or 'Inside' -- two other notable examples of the new wave of French horror cinema.
But 'Martyrs' affected me far more than any of the above-named films (excepting 'Irreversible' and 'Eyes...' ), because of the IDEAS being dealt with and because of Pascal Laugier's remarkably artful handling of his material, aided tremendously by the harrowing, raw-nerved excellence of the acting, as well as the superb cinematography, editing, music, and make-up effects.Read more ›
This is not to say that it's a bad film, because technically speaking it's superior from just about every angle. And while it is sometimes is the violence that startled me, it was more about the relentless tension and fear the film builds so well. It simply never lets up. The first half of the film sets the stage for a completely surprising plot twist that gudes the story to film's ultra-disturbing second half and ultimate conclusion.
Let me be clear: if people being endlessly cut, stabbed, bloody and maniacal isn't your thing, steer clear. If women being beaten and tortured isn't your thing, steer WAY clear. I gave it a three star review because of the quality of the product, but seriously, this is one the roughest, hardest to endure movies I've ever seen. And I've seen Cannibal Holocaust twice.
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WOW reviewers you must not have see Clive Barker's Hellraiser or even Franju's Eyes Without a Face...this is amateur night all around....unrated? Read morePublished 10 days ago by dadaloco
A disturbing film that I'm hesitant to recommend, even to people I think might like it. This French gore fest takes the standard trope of victimizing women to the nth degree, as a... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mr. Richard K. Weems
One of the best French horror flic I ever seen,very deep disturbing movie with a good plot and ending, if you don't mind subtitles then pick this up! Read morePublished 1 month ago by joseph valicko
I'm still conflicted about Martyrs, like many others I really liked the first half of the movie but felt it fell down in the second half which seemed a bit like a cobbled together... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
I've seen a lot of horror movies, a lot, I like them. I've seen very few that actually made me not sure how I felt after, I felt off, profoundly disturbed? Read morePublished 3 months ago by fdghjkl
Expense would give it less, but it's one of the GREATEST horror gems ever created.Published 4 months ago by Veronika
The movie isn't that good. I don't know why there are so many good reviews for this boring movie. Please don't pay a lot for this film on either DVD or Blu-ray, I'd say no more... Read morePublished 5 months ago by DK
I will make this Short and Sweet, This is one of the BEST Scary movies I have ever Watched hands down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dignan 1996
Great movie, very interesting and pretty gruesome. NOT the most gruesome move I've seen big it's up there. The green Inferno is more gruesome in my opinion. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JIM
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