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MARTYRS (2008) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in Canada, horror, movies with tags , , on April 18, 2009 by goregirl

martyrs-pic-32Although this is definitely a balls out horror film it is also an excellent multi-layered story. There is just so much here to think about and digest. I went to bed thinking about it and woke up to the same. I had a hell of a time writing this review. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to say about Martyrs. More accurately, I wasn’t sure what I didn’t want to say about it. There will be people who will absolutely hate the twist it takes and the grim final scenes. For me, the film comes full circle by the time the credits role. It all becomes one horrifing and tragic tale about love and friendship, trauma and revenge and power and religion. First and foremost, it is a horror film. It has wrapped it’s messages up in a very gory, relentlessly bloody package. Make no mistake about it, this film’s graphic images will be difficult to look at. Once again the French pull off another horror extravaganza that kicked my ass.

We start out with Lucie, physically beaten, emotionally distraught and running from an unseen predator. Lucie meets Anna in the hospital after the event. The two girls form a bond and a lifelong friendship. Most of the film takes place fifteen years later when the girls are adults. I had a ton of empathy for both of these characters. The emotionally destroyed Lucie is beyond aid. She is scarred, mind and body, and is tormented to the point of self destruction. No matter what Lucie does to herself, or others, Anna is there to tend to her wounds. Anna, for all intensive purposes is Lucie’s guardian angel. Their bond is unbreakable and Anna never gives the impression that Lucie is a burden to her in any way. You might say that Anna is somewhat of a Martyr?! The performances by both these women are outstanding. The film twists and turns but the hard right it takes mid-way completely blindsided me. It starts out as a revenge picture and transforms into something very different. There were more than a few shocks and suprises. The ending is complete and utter insanity! The violence is extreme and graphic. The gore is through the roof. The effects are outstanding. I could not recommend more highly this unflinching, bloody brilliant and completely original horror film.

Dungeon Review: 5/5

Directed By: Pascal Laugier

Starring: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin, Xavier Dolan-Tadros, Isabelle Chasse, Emilie Miskdjian, Mike Chute and Gaëlle Cohen