Have you ever seen a movie so hard to watch that it felt like you heart was ripped out, put in a blender, and the soupy remains are poured back into your chest? That is really the only way I describe what it’s like to watch Martyrs. I remember seeing this on the shelves of Blockbuster back in 2010. I just never got the chance to watch it. But, after the recommendation of several people in Horror Geeks, I decided to give it a shot. And…for the first time I’m completely stunned. I don’t know how to properly review this just because of what happens.
I cannot ignore that this was brilliantly done. The acting and makeup looked so real that I had to remind myself that I wasn’t watching a snuff film. But the subject matter and visuals are like a punch to the chest. It feels like all of the air is taken out of your lungs, and you’re powerless to stop it. The director Pascal Laugier even included an intro on the DVD to apologize for the events you’re about to witness. And after watching the movie, I can honestly say nothing can prepare you for something like that.
I’m not going to give anything away. I think you need to just see it for yourself. I also learned Laugier is in negotiation to have the movie remade in America with a “happier ending”. I think that’s a terrible a idea. Let’s be honest: life is not always happy, and sometimes the villains win. Martyrs makes that point vividly clear, and still manages to shove it down your throat. It’s amazing how shocking and brutal this is, but that’s what makes it so good. I give it a 5 out of 5. Go out and buy it, and spread the word about it. This is something that needs to be seen at least once.