Overall Rank: 1021
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 78
Theatrical Release Date: 09/25/2008
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/28/2009
Genre: Drama, Horror
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Pascal Laugier
Actors: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasne, Juliette Gosselin
Plot: Years after escaping from a regime of brutal torture, a young woman tracks down her captors and exacts her revenge. However, this is just the beginning of an ordeal that will lead to the truth behind her captivity and plumb the depths of horror. -- Chris Kavan
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smokiediebear - wrote on 08/30/2012
This movies premise was stupid, however it was well done and the ending left you wondering. This is a extreme and some what perverse movie, a art film more or less. Torture and solitary will drive anyone mad..
Snoogans - wrote on 02/22/2012
I was under the impression that Martyrs was just another extreme horror film that people talk up and dare others to watch, but that undermines the whole point of the movie. Yes, it is violent and contains many scenes of torture (sometimes graphically), but it's all emotionally effective and essential to the main idea of the film. Though, to fully realize the intentions of Martyrs, you have to see it through to the end. And believe me, it is worth it. I can't write anymore about it, because this film works best if you go into it fresh and let the experience happen naturally.
Bri - wrote on 11/28/2010
The first movie to give me nightmares in about ten years, this heart attack of a movie stands head and shoulders above any current horror movie. Though I give it props for innovation and storytelling, I quite sincerely wish I had never watched it.
Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/24/2013
A young woman tormented by the psychological damage inflicted upon her by sadistic kidnappers seeks revenge with the aid of a childhood friend. Martyrs begins with quite an interesting premise; Mylene Jampanoi's damaged abuse victim is by far the most interesting character in the film and the first half of the story which centres around her state of mind and her friend's uncertainty as to her sanity is very intriguing. But being a "horror" movie, cue the half-baked twist and it degenerates into yet another repulsive torture-thon, the piss weak Outer Limits excuse for which is feeble even by the standards of the genre. Quite why anybody - women in particular - would find entertainment in watching a young girl being mutilated and brutalized I have no idea, but this so-called horror is just …
The Scripted - wrote on 08/27/2009
Even though I did not watch this movie in its entirety, I agree that it is very good. Just when you think you have a handle on what is going on, BAM! You are wrong. It is as if there are three stories in one but they are relate to one another. The graphic violence and gore is a lot to take in if you are not accustomed to or enjoy watching such things, but if you are, you should enjoy it and appreciate it as well as the message hidden within. I have been told that the last thirty minutes are akin to the last few minutes of Audition, violence wise, and as I settled in to complete the movie, I felt so creepy and dirty inside that I had to turn it off. It just felt so wrong to be watching these things happen to this girl that I felt unsettled inside. The movie was st up in such a way that …
Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/12/2009
I think Martyrs is the first horror film in a long while (probably since Audition) that has affected me on so many levels. The movie switches up so many times, that even though you think you know what's coming, it takes you in an entirely new direction. What's more, the emotional journey has just as much impact as the hard-to-watch violence does.
I don't know what it is, but the French seem to have figured out a good balance - High Tension, Inside and now Martyrs have proven that you can have plenty of gore but still craft a good story. While I can enjoy Hostel on a visceral level, Martyrs is whole different level - something deeper. It's one of those films that will stick with you for days or longer. The ending is left open to interpretation, but one thing is for certain - it's not a …
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