Martyrs (France, 2008) - Color, Director(s): Pascal Laugier
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 99 min.
Z-rating: 7 out of 10 stars for ultra-violent scenes of brutality
God damn. Talk about your FUCKED up movies. This French.... I don't even know what the hell to call this. Horror? Thriller? I'm not even completely sure what it was that I saw. Wow, talk about movies with an impact... this one hits you like a brick to the head. A young girl that was abducted and abused is making her escape as the movie begins. She's placed in an orphanage where she meets a friend and we learn that she's haunted by a seemingly demonic spirit. Cut ahead 15 years into the future and we see a nice family sitting down to breakfast in the morning. There's a ring at the doorbell, a young girl at the door barges in and blows the entire family away with a double barrel shotty. After the slaughter, she calls her friend for help and we see that she's still haunted by the evil spirit. What follows is the supernatural bit of this film, she is tormented by the spirit for a little bit before she too gets offed. The film then transforms into an ENTIRELY different movie altogether. A secret organization comes in, holds the other girl captive, tortures and beats her ass for days on end. This secret society is supposedly in charge of investigating the afterlife and creating "martyrs". At this point, it becomes a little too religious for me... but just like yesterday's recommendation, you're watching this to be shocked like you've never been shocked by any movie you've seen before.
Nudity: Whatever nudity they do have in this movie is NOT fappable. Unless you're one of those sick individuals that's into snuff and brutality. Then go rent this now, it'll be like a fucking porno... you sick bastard.
Gore: 6 out of 5. This shit was intense. (One chick takes a box cutter to her arms while we watch her cut deep into her own flesh in gruesome close up detail) If you're an avid viewer of extreme cinema, this will be a good one to get your jollies off. However, if you're a typical viewer of mainstream cinema... this movie will FUCK you up. If you're thinking about playing this at your Halloween party, play it towards the end to clear out any unwanted party guests.
Awesome: Hmm... I'm not sure that awesome is how I would describe this movie. Highly recommended but not because it was enjoyable for any reason. This hard to watch movie is highly recommended for Halloween parties. Won't be on my list of favorites but in undeniably one of the most brutal films I've ever seen.