October 28, 2014
a thought provoking gore fest.
October 29, 2014
Brutal, merciless and terrifying movie. Some of the sceens is truly brutal and not for everyone. The plot is terrifying at first, but gets a bit excessive in the end.
Watch it if you like:
REC, Ichi the Killer,
October 2, 2014
Honestly, anyone who rates this film badly most likely didn't understand it. Because this is one of the best horror films I've seen in a while.
March 28, 2014
Martyrs is well acted and skilfully filmed, and boasts an incredibly tense and frightening first hour, but begins to fall a bit flat in its ambitious and relatively interesting, but overall forced, repetitive, tedious and out of place final act. Its much more thought provoking and emotionally resonant then other horror films, making it easy to recommend to someone that's able to stomach the films violent nature.
July 30, 2014
Featuring a creepy, strange, violent, dense plot, the film starts with solid stuff to become a great blend of horror elements and almost reaches that spot even if the final torture scenes end with the already weak believability.
April 27, 2010
That's why Art House & International Movies are Awsome!!
"Martyrs is an absolute recommend, but only to those who are willing to accept the film on its own uncompromising terms. All others are advised to stay well clear away."
August 26, 2014
I really liked the first part of the movie, which i think its awesome by how the story gets bigger and bigger, but it just fails on ambient, and characters, not to mention the whole plot is lazy at the end. Its a cool gruesome movie with some nice ideas on shots and storytelling .
August 22, 2014
Stupid and disgusting.
August 20, 2014
While it is torture-porn, Martyrs rises above it's unnecessary graphic first half with a second half that contains much philosophy. It's definitely not a fun movie and not worth more than one watch, but amidst all of it's unnecessary content, Martyrs will provide you with a deeper understanding of what happens after death
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January 11, 2014
When you're watching a film and the opening credits (which include the phrase "Original Music by Seppuku Paradigm") are laid over images of a bloodied and battered prepubescent girl running away from a disgusting building, where unspeakable horrors were undoubtedly visited upon her, you have to strap yourself in and know what to expect. Sadly, nothing could have prepared me for Martyrs, the French horror film that has been made famous (or infamous) for its graphic depictions of torture and brutality. This is a film so over-the-top that the worst images you just thought of after reading that previous sentence are nothing in comparison to the actual things you will witness watching this film. It's not The Human Centipede, but good God, why not just watch that as well at this point?
Martyrs is the story of Lucie, a young girl who was kidnapped and tormented and later grows up to hunt down her torturers and kill them with a shotgun. Her friend Anna helps her hide the bodies, but in the process of doing so, they discover dark secrets about why this happened to Lucie all those years ago. SPOILERS! BE WARNED! Anyway, a secret group that is obsessed with discovering what happens after death has been torturing young girls for 17 years, trying to get them to a state of euphoric enlightenment so that they may impart some wisdom about the afterlife to the living.
This premise is both intriguing and frighteningly plausible. But the way the movie goes about showing it is gratuitous and chaotic. It's one of those movies that has a great premise, but is sadly let down entirely by a very sloppy execution... er... executions. If you are capable of sitting through some truly disturbing images that would have sullied the innocence of those weaker-stomached than I, then this film is definitely worth watching for its confused moral code, existential story elements, and superbly crafted ending. The unfortunate part is that to get the the best part, you first have to sit through over an hour of some of the most perverse shit ever dreamt up by man.
Final Score for Martyrs: 4/10 stars. I cannot recommend this film in any way from an aesthetic standpoint, but the payoff will certainly make it more than worth it for die-hard horror fans. This movie is not just your typical torture porn (even if it has been called France's version of Saw), as it definitely has elements past those typical genre trappings that allow it to transcend its tropes and cliches a bit. But this doesn't change the fact that after watching this movie, you will want to spoon out your eyeballs and run them through the washing machine a few dozen times. It will please gore junkies and people who want some meaning to their horror films alike, but the general public will remain divided on whether or not this movie is worth watching. I know that I personally felt like a martyr just for sitting through it.
July 28, 2009
***Forgive the barrage of bile contained in this brief review (I dont want to waste too many words on this trash)***
Martyrs is the most offensive film I've ever seen. I literally felt like throwing up when the credits rolled. Disgusting, vile, wretched, awful pretentious torture porn garbage that puts a pretty girl (big surprise there!) through horrendously excruciating torture, and then tries to justify itself with a faux-philosophical open-ending. Leave it to the French. I have never been more outraged by a film. The fact that people LIKE THIS GARBAGE--and that's what it is, a PIECE OF SHIT, the worst, most appalling film I've EVER seen--is so hopelessly dispiriting that I actually lost sleep the night I viewed this.
I cant remember the last time a film left me this angry. I didn't know what to do with all of it.
The most succinct line I can write to describe my feelings of Martyrs: I HATE THIS FILM.
April 12, 2012
A unique premise for an extreme horror film with a very strong performance from Morjana Alaoui
July 26, 2014
French horror movie that is brutal in its depiction of the abuse one human can inflict upon another, with excellent effects to make it that much worse. I found the premise behind the abuse to be weak, however, the performances by the two leads were amazing.
June 15, 2014
Martyrs is a horror movie with thought, and that is something rare today. Although filled with modern and sometimes unecessary glorification of its gruesomeness, it also can (sometimes) justifies that much better than other movies in the genre. Being capable of mixing things like child abuse, homossexual unrequited love, profane and divine suffering and a central ethic question that is not as easy to answer as it seems- and all that without being a total mess- it deserves way more credit than what it is getting, despite its flaws.
June 2, 2014
WTF!! Nothing quite like Hostel but equally gruesome if not more. Disturbing & senseless, even worse with the horribel English dub
May 31, 2014
a truly disturbing and bloody intense horror film that's fast paced and leaves the audience shocking in its last thought-provoking and brilliant climax [A]
May 22, 2014
Extremely hard to watch yet somehow astounding. It does become a tad far-fetched but really, it probably just adds to the madness.
May 15, 2014
Solid acting from the leads can't save a story so filled with holes. The building block style development, where twists cater to the director's whims rather than the story, itself, bludgeons the audience worse than anything the characters have to endure.
May 15, 2014
Painful to watch but more thought provoking than anything coming out of North America.
October 4, 2012
This is not for the weak of heart. This movie is hardcore. As a fan of gore and horror, i enjoyed it very much. The beginning is brilliant but the second half falls apart.