Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Produced by: Richard Grandpierre, Simon Trottier
Written by: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï
Released: September 2008 (France)
In 1971, a 10 year old girl named Lucie escapes being imprisoned and found wandering in the streets, badly beaten and bloodied. Lucie does not say who did these horrible acts on her nor does she elaborate as to what happened to her. Lucie is placed in a hospital where she meets Anna, another young girl who had been abused. The two become inseparable friends. Fifteen years later, Lucie believes she has found her attackers after seeing their picture in the local newspaper. With Anna’s help, Lucie sets out to get revenge on the people who tortured her all of those years ago. The horror begins the moment her accused attackers answer the door. What ensues is indescribable.
Faithful reader, by now you have been following my Horror film posts and get a sense of what I’m all about. I post movie reviews on here all the time. But I’m going on record here directly by saying that this movie, Martyrs (2008), is the most intense, jaw dropping, chills inducing, gross out, terrifying film I have seen since I started the blog. I have seen hundreds of horror movies in my life – studied them – write about them – but I have yet to experience a film that has left me as tripped out and speechless as this French film has after it ended. I realize I’m building a hype, but “Martyrs” was just such an insane fright, that I’m so enthusiastic about being legitimately spooked for the first time in a very long time!
Between Martyrs, Ils (2006), Inside (2008) and High Tension (2008) – the French have definitely demonstrated that they are sick Mofo’s when it comes to Horror, and that period from 2003 to 2010 produced some pretty intense films and great horror film directors like Pascal Laugier, David Moreau, and Alexandre Aja.
If you have a very strong stomach, are fairly desensitized to gore, and an unwavering resolve, give Martyrs a viewing. If not, have someone who has seen it tell you what it’s about, and you will still freak out!
Whew. That was intense.