19 items from 2016
You know it's a good horror movie -- or at least a properly revolting one -- when people faint while watching it, and that's just what happened at the Toronto Film Festival last night when "multiple audience members" passed out during the film's premiere screening (via The Hollywood Reporter). "An ambulance had to be called to the scene as the film became too much for a couple patrons," said the film's marketer Ryan Werner, who is having a great day. Lest you think this is merely a clever publicity ploy on the part of distributor Focus World, more than one attendee at last night's screening -- including Girls on Film co-host Alicia Malone -- corroborated the account on Twitter: Raw: super cool, grisly, fun, fresh, gross French horror by badass female filmmaker. Not for weak stomachs! #TIFF16 pic.twitter.com/IwndOPiO9t — Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) September 13, 2016 Raw: the paramedics had to come to the theater, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Epicureanism has come to be associated with mindless indulgence in food and sex, even if those ancient Athenians called for more restraint than you’d typically see in your average horror movie.
Countless horror films, of course, have echoed cultural anxieties surrounding sex, but that other physiological need, food, is also a common ingredient. Poor impulse control is at the heart of every slasher film—usually the perp acting on his, but also the risk-taking behaviors of his victims. And it’s not much of a stretch to consider that there’s a genetic component to this, whether manifested in psychopathy or an inability to keep the fridge door shut.
According to a Bloomberg report, 2015 was the first year Americans spent more on dining out than on groceries, as at-home food prep shows proliferate and the real-life horror that is the obesity epidemic shaves years off our lives. Luckily, amidst »
- Christopher Lombardo
From its brilliantly effective trailers, Lights Out -- the new horror film from first-time feature director David F. Sandberg -- comes across as your standard-issue fright fest: supernatural spook, family in peril, jump scares from wall to wall. And yet the film plumbs deeper waters than expected through the character of Sophie (Maria Bello) and her shadow-dwelling "friend" Diana, who mutually represent a surprisingly potent, and unusually perceptive, metaphor about mental illness and its capacity to wreak havoc on generations of families. For a genre not historically known for its sensitive portrayals of psychological disorders, that counts as something of a minor triumph, and the filmmakers deserve credit for bringing added heft to what could have easily been a surface-level scare machine. The feature is a long way from Sandberg's original short film of the same name, which hit YouTube in 2014 and subsequently went viral before capturing the attention of producer Lawrence Grey, »
- Chris Eggertsen
To celebrate the release of Martyrs - out now on DVD and Digital HD – we have a copy on DVD to giveaway.
A brilliant reimagining of the French revenge shocker, this all-new version puts its own bloody stamp on the story – but is just as harrowing, visceral and gutsy. Directed by the “ones to watch” sibling duo of Kevin and Michael Goetz (Scenic Route), Martyrs is one of the most exciting horror remakes yet.
It also boasts some great performances from its young cast, with Troian Bellisario and Bailey Noble proving themselves as two scream queens for the ultra-violent generation – plus cult star Toby Huss makes the most chilling appearance of his career.
To win a copy of Martyrs on DVD, just answer the following question:
Who directed the original version of Martyrs? Was it:
b) Xavier Gens
Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail. »
- Phil Wheat
The reboot of Pascal Laugier’s ultra-violent Gallic thriller goes straight to DVD and it’s not hard to see why
The words “straight to DVD” don’t carry the same stigma they once did. In an era when Hollywood is running scared from an online platform whose name is a contraction of the words “internet” and “flicks”, the hierarchical model of film distribution – with cinema at the top and physical media at the bottom – is starting to feel like an anachronism. That said, every now and then a film debuts on DVD that seems to have fallen so far from grace that it’s hard not to see its arrival on the format as something of a failure. A new remake of the French cult classic Martyrs is one such example.
Ten years ago, Paris had taken Tokyo’s title as the global centre of edgy horror cinema, and »
- Charlie Lyne
If you go down to your local multiplex today, you’ll be reminded of the advice Thumper received from his father: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
While they should be getting us worked up with white-knuckle tension, blockbusters show more regard for their promotional partners than the audience, with characters running past billboards during dramatic scenes. At least in 1999’s Mystery Men Captain Amazing was upfront about being sponsored by Pepsi, even wearing their logo on his costume.
Some movies are so contemptuous of their audience, in fact, that you can’t help wondering if someone pulled the trigger on them to prove H L Mencken’s adage that nobody went broke underestimating the good taste of the American public. From films starring “internet sensations” who register zero onscreen presence, to slapped-together remakes that trade on famous titles, some films »
- Ian Watson
[Guest reporter Jenny Nulf shares her impressions of three movies from this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, including I Am Not a Serial Killer, I Am a Hero, and Pet.]
I Am Not a Serial Killer: What happens when a movie gets stuck in limbo for three years? Well, the director is given enough time to create a slow-burning monster movie that will lurk in the back of your mind long after viewing it.
In a tiny Midwestern town, John Wayne Cleaver (Max Records) works with his mother and aunt at a funeral home, helping her embalm the dead bodies. A possible sociopath, John also chats regularly with his psychologist, Dr. Neblin (Karl Geary), about how to subside his murderous tendencies. Then things start to go wrong when an actual serial killer sweeps through the town, and when Max discovers the identity of the killer, it takes him down a terrifying path of self-discovery. This is not your average, sweet coming-of-age story.
I Am Not a Serial Killer’s slow and methodic pace will keep some at bay, but director »
- Jenny Nulf
Shock reviews the remake of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever. We recently reviewed The Goetz Brothers remake of Martyrs and did so positively. For even though the idea of remaking a film – especially a beloved film – only a few years old is both absurd and crass, Pascal Laugier’s original effort employs a rich, emotional…
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- Chris Alexander
Win a signed copy of Martyrs on Blu-ray. The American remake of French filmmaker Pascal Laugier’s instant cult favorite Martyrs has been met with mixed reviews and a pre-wired leaning to be loathed by the original’s ardent fan-base. Our Alyse Wax reviewed the film a few months ago. She didn’t like it. Your humble editor…
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- Chris Alexander
For this week’s Fright At Home, we’re taking a look at three films that couldn’t possibly be more different from each other. Scream’s Factory Bluray/DVD combo pack of the James Spader-led slasher mystery, Jack’S Back; The hilarious and completely irreverent splatterfest, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse; and finally, The Goetz Brothers’ remake of the French extreme classic, Martyrs. Something for everyone with this week. Dive right in and enjoy!
Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (Dir. Christopher B. Landon)
Having been suffocated to death by zombie films, shows and everything else, I dreaded watching this one. I put it off time and time again, thinking it would be a very bad experience, but thankfully, I was completely wrong. A film that provides an infinite amount of laughs, gags and some over the top gore and innuendos, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse »
- Jerry Smith
The Goetz Brother’s remake of Martyrs is really rather good. I did not hate the Martyrs remake. I fact, despite its framework familiarity and ample bloodshed (still nowhere near as gruesome as the original), I was actually moved by it. Because one thing this remake has going for it that Pascal Laugier’s shattering French Canadian…
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- Chris Alexander
Pascal Laugier's Martyrs is one of the most genuinely disturbing films of the last decade, a peculiar mix of genres from revenge thriller to torture porn that shocks equally for its graphic content and main concept. The inevitable American remake, helmed by Kevin and Michael Goetz, quickly announces that it will recreate scenes from the original with minor changes (i.e. the opening shot with a little girl running away), however, there's something off right from the moment the respective authorities seem more interested in the paranormal angle of the protagonist's case rather than the criminal/traumatic. Having the French film in mind, it's instantly frustrating to just hear the word "monster", as Laugier's vision never inclined to that direction. But as the remake nevertheless continues to respect...
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It is difficult to review Martyrs without comparing it to Pascal Laugier’s phenomenal 2008 film of the same name. So let’s just get this out of the way: Kevin and Michael Goetz’s (Scenic Route) remake is a watered-down version of the original that is nowhere near as visceral, affecting or memorable. Martyrs 2016 is 10-15 minutes shorter than Martyrs 2008. At a […] »
- Trace Thurman
While its mainstream moment has come and gone, “torture porn” is still around and fully evident in “Martyrs,” an American remake of Pascal Laugier’s grisly 2008 French-language cult horror film about an abused woman’s revenge. Though directors Kevin and Michael Goetz, working from a screenplay by Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”), show atmospheric, chilling flair in the early going, that gets wiped away by the pretentious, gruesome excesses of the second half, which place it firmly in the extreme cruelty sub-genre that puts a premium on depictions of agony (specifically, women’s agony) over everything else. After a breathless escape from. »
- Robert Abele
In 2008, writer-director Pascal Laugier contributed to the realm of New French Extremity — a movement defined by such unrelenting bloodbaths as Claire Denis’s Trouble Every Day and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension — with Martyrs. While lesser films of its ilk received the dreaded “torture porn” label, Laugier’s shocking revenge picture gained cult admiration by padding its wrenching depictions of child abuse, hardcore gore, and ghastly (if not inventive) body horror with a provocative reflection on the meaning of suffering. Like many popular overseas horror selections, the film has received an American remake that may not resonate quite as much.
Directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz (Scenic Route), and based on a script by Mark L. Smith (who, as the co-writer of The Revenant, knows a thing or two about grueling violence), the new Martyrs begins much like its predecessor: with a little girl named Lucie (Ever Prishkulnik) escaping an »
- Amanda Waltz
“Martyrs” is only eighty minutes long, sans credits, yet still it manages to cram four bad horror films into its meager runtime. A remake of 2008’s French torture porn/cult horror flick with the same title, the original “Martyrs” was by no means a masterpiece, but managed to be extremely effective during its third act, thanks mainly to writer/director Pascal Laugier’s staunch dedication to medieval-level gruesomeness mixed with an intensely grim existential hopelessness. By easing up on the inherent and sometimes even necessary violence of the original while attempting a third act with more mainstream appeal, the gruesomeness of the American remake actually ends up making the whole grim endeavor feel absolutely pointless, and therefore more needlessly disgusting. The fact that the remake sports a cleaner and spiffier look, similar to most other modern mainstream American horror fare, further undercuts the supposed griminess of its subject matter. As tones and genres wildly. »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Setting out to create a new identity and sense of purpose can be a challenging task, as people are usually guided through life by their past decisions, emotions and experiences. That’s certainly the case with the directors and main characters in the upcoming horror film, ‘Martyrs,’ which is a retelling of the French 2008 horror cult film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. Kevin and Michael Goetz, who are collectively known as the Goetz Brothers, took over helming duties for the French filmmaker on the remake, after proving their captivating abilities to chronicle the gripping psychological struggles people are forced to contend with during times of conflict in their first [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
The search for knowledge leads to great pain in the Goetz brothers' reimagining of Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs. With the new take on the cult classic horror film hitting theaters and Digital HD this Friday from Anchor Bay Entertainment, we caught up with Martyrs actress Bailey Noble (True Blood) in our latest Q&A feature.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Bailey. How did you get involved with this reimagining of Martyrs and what attracted you to the story?
Bailey Noble: First of all, I love that you called it a reimagining! I auditioned for the role of Anna and after meeting with the Goetz brothers and chemistry reading with Troian [Bellisario], the role was offered to me! I read the script and fell in love with Lucy and Anna's relationship, so that's initially what attracted me to the film. I also love seeing empowered female roles, »
- Derek Anderson
Check out this exclusive, bloody clip from the Us version of Martyrs. We’ve been covering the impending American Goetz Brothers-directed remake of Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs, itself one of the most traumatic French horror films ever made. Typically, fans of the film are none to pleased about the idea of a Us redux, especially since the…
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- Chris Alexander
19 items from 2016