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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Martyrs is one of the most challenging horror films I have ever seen. It cannot be dismissed as simple violent garbage, and makes strong accusations about a society that could relate to any of the material. The DVD even begins with an apology from the writer/director Pascal Laugier. The film spirals brilliantly and without restraint into darker and darker territory. It is a superbly crafted film, and the emotional reaction it draws from the audience is a testament to this. The film begins with a beaten and bloody child escaping her torturer and this image of the crying beaten child is the most easy to stomach.This is a film that will stick with you for days and you will almost assuredly not return to at any point once you experience it. I am purposefully leaving the plot from this critique as it unfolds in a perfect sequence of events.