Movie Reviews | Sep 9th, 2009

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Starring: Catherine Begin, Robert Toupin, Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi
Written By: Pascal Laugier
Directed By: Pascal Laugier
Studio: The Weinstein Company

The most disturbing movie ever made…hands down!. I should have waited to do “My Top 10 Scariest Movies of All Time” article. I should have watched this first, and then wrote it. But, then again, this movie is so intense, so horrifying, so gut wrenching, and so brutal…it deserves its own article.

Spoilers are in this article, but I’ll warn you beforehand with a lovely bolded *Spoiler Alert* warning.

When I “Netflixed” this movie, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this. I was told by a few people that it’s one of the scariest and best horror films ever made so of course I had to check this out. Little did I know that I would be completely scarred for life. Seriously, it’s that insane of a movie.

The basic plot, without giving away too much, is that of abuse and revenge. That’s all I can really tell you. It’s one of those movies where if you give one little thing away, it ruins the experience. Don’t watch the trailer, don’t read any spoilers, just please watch this movie.

The first hour was gore and violence galore. Some parts definitely messed up, and others just plain freaky. We then get to the last half hour. This was the most uncomfortable half hour in my movie watching life, ever. What one of the characters goes thru, what she deals with and can’t fight back, and what these people do to her. I couldn’t look away and I couldn’t turn it off. I had to keep watching…I had to know what happens. The end was just weird; interesting and different. The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. I just can’t get this movie out of my head.

I apologize that I didn’t say much about the movie. I strongly recommend “Martyrs” for ALL horror fans. It’s not for the easily offended or faint of heart. If you can’t take scenes of obscenely brutal violence, this movie isn’t for you. ….or is it?

The director himself says in the movie intro that he hates himself for making this movie, but he is proud of it as well. That should give you a good hint as to what you’re in for. Once you do see this, or have already seen it, please shoot me an email! I’d love to discuss it.

Bottom Line: a definite must see for all horror fans.
Favorite Scenes: I really don’t think I should have a favorite scene…it’s too messed up of a movie…
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 100 mins
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