Rent Martyrs (2008)

3.4 of 5 from 175 ratings
1h 35min
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Synopsis:
On a dark, deserted street a half naked, visibly abused girl runs screaming. Bruised, bloody and suffering from dementia she is eventually rescued by the local police. Her name is Lucie and she's been missing for over a year but refuses to give away any information describing her captors or any details concerning her violent abduction. During an intensive investigation the police eventually discover an abandoned slaughterhouse containing what looks like a torture chamber. But what exactly took place and how Lucie managed to escape remains a mystery. Many years after the horrific incident a seemingly normal family have an unexpected guest during breakfast.
Their surprise visitor is a distraught young woman carrying a loaded shotgun, intent on revenge.
Actors:
, , , Robert Toupin, , , , Jean-Marie Moncelet, Jessie Pham, Erika Scott, , Emilie Miskdjian, , , , , , , , Jean-Bernard Côté
Directors:
Voiced By:
Louise Boisvert
Writers:
Pascal Laugier
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
Countries:
France, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/05/2009
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Making Of
  • Pascal Laugier Interview
  • Benoit Lestang (Special Effect Artist) Interview
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/05/2009
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Making Of
  • Director Interview
  • Special Effects Artist Interview

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Reviews (9) of Martyrs

End of your seat, Nerve-shredding Terror!! - Martyrs review by JG

Spoiler Alert
26/05/2009

I'd heard alot about this; 'disturbing', 'bloody' and one of the most 'horrific' films I've ever seen. I loved it!

It starts as a simple revenge thriller that ends half-way and becomes 'torture porn' that is probably not anymore gory than hostel but so much more terrifying. This is due to the atmosphere and the knowledge that we never really know what's next in store.

Apparently there will be an american remake, so this needs to be seen before it's butchered by Hollywood hacks! And the ending really needs to be experienced!

Very disturbing! Very moving! Very good!

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

French Art house horror - Martyrs review by Jawbreaker

Spoiler Alert
04/06/2009

Martyrs is an incredible experience, a film that will divide opinion and provoke debate. I am still shell-shocked and flabbergasted by the experience. It’s brutal, unstoppable and features a huge amount of blood and suffering, with the emphasis on physical, rather than special effects. Not a ‘torture porn’ movie, Martyrs is far superior to Saw, Hotel and films of that ilk. Pascal has brought a sense of French style and composure to a tired genre, the end result is a horror that sets a new standard. At the end you will have questions and the huge ‘making of’ documentary is worth viewing.

2 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Truly disturbing. - Martyrs review by Shatner's Bassoon

Spoiler Alert
09/06/2009

I can only echo what other reviewers have posted, Martyrs is a unique and truly disturbing film. I would consider myself a horror fan, fairly gore tolerant and someone who doesn’t scare easily, but Martyrs is the first film in a long time that genuinely made me feel very uncomfortable with what was being played out on screen. The first half of the film is a fast paced gory French horror/revenge thriller; the second half is something altogether quite different, it’s slower paced, less gory but far more horrific and disturbing, and incorporates an intelligent storyline which puts the horror and violence into context. Even days after seeing this film it still makes me feel uncomfortable thinking about it, and while Martyrs is an outstanding piece of French Horror and something I'm pleased I saw, there is a part of me that wishes I had never seen it.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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