Martyrs (2008)

Martyrs (2009)

Martyrs (2009)

Okay, I’m not going to lie, holy fuck, what a film! That’s my review. Thank you and goodnight. 😉

The movie starts off with a kid who’s just escaped from somewhere, she’s in her underwear, full of cuts and bruises, and running down the street screaming. We find out that she is Lucie, been missing for over a year, and now traumatised and unable to speak about where she had been, nor what happened to her. She is put in a kids home, and is befriended by Anna another young girl in the home. Anna becomes her confidant, but Lucie also seems to be under attack from some ‘thing’.

Step forward fifteen years and we see a typical family sitting down to Sunday breakfast. I can’t tell you anything from here on in as it will totally spoil the film for you. But suffice to say that before they get to the end of their breakfast, all hell breaks loose!

So what makes this different from the rest? Definitely the effects, acting and camera work. It all comes together to show a rough, and brutal, movie! Let me explain: the acting is top notch, the two leading actresses really make it believable. Lucie, and Anna, genuinely look haunted, terrified, and in pain.

This is how it starts, and it doesn't get any happier...

This is how it starts, and it doesn't get any happier...

The effects are big and bloody. Shootings, slashings, beatings – they all look so real! And the camera work brings it all together nicely. Make no mistake, it’s a brutal film, some of the scenes where Anna is being beaten (or dragged by the hair) looks like she really did take some of those punches, I’m sure she didn’t, but still, it looks the part. The beating with a mallet, yes, most of it was hidden, but when the mallet did land somewhere, the camera (and effects) work make it look horrific.

This screen doesn't do this scene justice for it's brutality.

This screen doesn't do this scene justice for it's brutality.

Usually I litter my reviews with screenshots and witty comments but – there’s no humour what-so-ever in Martyrs. And if I show you too much, it’ll spoil the story, hence my being coy with screenshots.

Like [REC] and such like, apparently this film is also up for a US remake. Dear Hollywood, give it up, let the Far East and Europe take over..

Martyrs is an awesome film, but it is humourless, brutal, and gory. Be prepared!

Rating: ★★★★★

NOTE: do NOT click the ‘Synopsis‘ link in IMDb as it tells you the entire movie from start to finish, scene by scene. What a bunch of spoiler bastards!

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About Ronnie

Having survived the UK's 'video nasty' (prohibition) era I'm eager to catch up with all previously unseen sleaze and filth. I revel in mixtape oddness, boobage, gore, and proper latex special effects, don't get me started on CGI... - email Ronnie
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5 Responses to Martyrs (2008)

  1. Erin says:

    I’d not heard of this one, but I’ll put it in the queue. Have you noticed how often horror movies begin brutally and then cut to many years later? Is there a name for that?

  2. Jen says:

    When does this come to dvd? I have been wanting to see it for a while.

  3. Ronnie says:

    From what I could pull up on the intarwebz:
    Martyrs is available on shiny discs unrated in the US on April 28th and uncut in the UK on 25th of May. From The Weinstein Company and Optimum Home Entertainment respectively. –

  4. hooba says:

    After reading your review I “um” downloaded a copy of Martyrs. I watched it last night and I’m still not sure how I feel. Yes, it is brutal. Yes, it is very well done. I would not call it a horror movie though. Show Spoiler ▼

    I’ll have to let you know on this one.

  5. Ronnie says:

    Yeah, I wouldn’t call it horror in that it has no ‘scares’ as such. It definitely is a movie that stays with you for a few days as you try and work out the ending, and process the brutality of it.

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