Martyrs (2008)

Directed by Pascal Laugier


This one’s another one for the completist horror fan. It’s not a bad film by any means. It’s actually pretty great, and quite terrifying. It’s just… very bleak, with nothing much to wash it down with. Director Pascal Laugier has gotten a lot of guff for this film over the years, including from the two lead actresses. He even went so far as to open the DVD presentation of Martyrs with an apology to its viewers. Laugier wants you to know that he’s sorry for what he has committed to film. He shouldn’t be sorry. He created what’s become an important film in the New French Extremity movement, and those are some great films to be associated with.

— B

My rating: 7/10

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