7.1/10
64,614
423 user 203 critic

Martyrs (2008)

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
1,368 ( 9)

Watch Now

From $6.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat

 | 

July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith, including Saturday's live event.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Inside (2007)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Stars: Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé
High Tension (2003)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Cécile De France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon
Frontier(s) (2007)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens
Stars: Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik, Patrick Ligardes
Eden Lake (2008)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins
Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis
Srpski film (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.

Director: Srdjan Spasojevic
Stars: Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen
Audition (1999)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki
Hostel (2005)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

Director: Eli Roth
Stars: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson
The Descent (2005)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
[Rec] (2007)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano
Martyrs (2015)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.

Directors: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz
Stars: Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.

Director: Steven R. Monroe
Stars: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Robert Toupin ...
Le père
Patricia Tulasne ...
La mère
...
Marie
...
Antoine (as Xavier Dolan-Tadros)
Louise Boisvert ...
Mère d'Anna (voice)
Jean-Marie Moncelet ...
Étienne
Jessie Pham ...
Lucie 10 ans
Erika Scott ...
Anna 10 ans
Isabelle Chasse ...
La créature
Emilie Miskdjian ...
La suppliciée
Tony Robinow ...
Docteur
...
La femme bourreau
Edit

Storyline

Fifteen years after a horrifying experience of abduction and prolonged torture, Lucie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge against her oppressors. Along with her childhood friend, Anna, who also suffered abuse, she quickly descends, without hope, into madness and her own delusions. Anna, left on her own begins to re-experience what Lucie did when she was only twelve years old. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They did not finish to be alive...

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing/severe aberrant behavior involving strong bloody violence, torture, child abuse and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

3 September 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mártires  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Blu-ray copies of Martyrs have been discontinued in Region 1. See more »

Goofs

As the mother is kicked into the pit, a body flinches to brace itself for the impact of the mother falling on him. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mademoiselle: Keep doubting.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Witness
by Sepukku Paradigm
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Tedious , boring , unsympathetic , repulsive
28 December 2009 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Before I watched Martyrs , I was in an extremely good mood . I finished Cemetery Man and pick this movie , praised highly but I approached with prejudice as IMDb reviewers had let me down before(No Country for old men) . And they did it again .

The movie left me disappointed and mad to the point I registered on IMDb just to write this review . Truly this movie was worthy of its praises ! The movie starts off good , with average amount of horror , blood and action . It was exciting and the rescue of a *tortured survivor* was a nice touch . It was good seeing Anna , the MC care for the survivor but things went FUBAR . The survivor dies , the 2nd MC dies . After that , everything is predictable . You'll know what happens to MC but what you won't know is how tedious the movie gets .

2nd half kicks in and you'll be treated with torture scenes . Not violent , I watched Hostel and Cannibal Holoucast . Martyrs aren't that violent . But these scenes are long-winded , repetitive , they become tedious and boring . Suddenly you felt , what's the point ? Just stop ! Certain quarters believe that all this is to instil hope , by the viewer , towards the MC(anna) . Yet the MC was unsympathetic , little background and backstory . She was just another teen trapped in horror movie .

Quantity over quality , equals large dropped in entertainment and good amount of boringness . The torture scenes shouldn't have been that long , time should be allocated for more character development .

Repulsive ? Because the movie simply glorifies torture . Torture will free you , give you the sight of afterlife . The messages are obvious in the torture scenes . I'm not a masochist , so the scenes simply becomes repulsive . I fast forwaded the slapping and punching scenes , but never did that in Cannibal Holoucast because they didn't glorify torture in terms of religion and spiritual .

At the end , the ending was left ambiguous . The film had a weak story , it's basically women tortured by group consist of elites so that the women reached a point of insanity and see a vision of afterlife . The blame falls on the writer..yes ? Not , not if you provide an ambiguous ending . Viewers will have to form an interpretation , and thus the blame shifts to the viewers , dividing the audience into 2 . Those who dislike simply because they saw the core of this hollow trash . Those who like it because the ambiguous plot becomes a cotton wool that blinds their judgment .

Indubitably , the ambiguity was a nice touch but when you see past that , the movie was terrible and disappointing . The high ratings of this movie unveils more masks , showing how viewers are easily swayed by ambiguous plot . Or is it because of the glorified torture ? coming from a movie said to be of *new era* *highly philosophical* *disturbing* ... Utterly repulsive . What has our society become ?


38 of 67 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?