Saturday, October 30, 2010

Martyrs (2008)

Martyrs (2008)

Genre: Drama / Horror
Director: Pascal Laugier
Starring:  Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï

France, early 70s.  Lucy, 10, is found wandering on the road after being missing for a few months. Although abused, her body bears no trace of sexual assault.  The reasons for her abduction remain unknown.  Traumatized and mute, she is placed in a hospital where she becomes friends with Anna, a girl of her age.  15 years later.  Convinced that she has located her tormentors, Lucy goes to their house to confront them...


Pascal Laugier's "Martyrs" is a masterpiece of extremity.  Hands down the most disturbing film I have seen in a very long time.  Extreme and unrelenting in its brutality, this film is at times very uncomfortable to watch even for a seasoned horror connoisseur.  However, despite all the shocking violence and gore, the film's message was powerful and thought provoking.  What starts off as a straight forward revenge slasher, becomes in the second act a truly original and genre breaking film.


1 comment:

The Angry Vegetarian said...

I really liked this movie. The end was more extreme than I thought it was going to be, but I honestly love movies like that.

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