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The Best Horror Film I've Watched in the Last 5 Years
Martyrs is one of the few horror films I've seen in recent memory that shocked, repulsed, fascinated and engaged me in a such a way as Martyrs. Reading the back of the box, one would assume a typical Hostel-like torture movie with the added twist of revenge. Within the first 15 minutes,however, you'll realize this movie is far more intelligent than you may have given it credit for, I know I sure did. The events of the film unfold in a very non-linear way most viewers, especially on the American coast, are not used to seeing. Rather than the revenge taking place in the 3rd act, it is thrust onto us right at the very begging of the film, playing with our emotions of who is the victim vs. the culprit. The first half of the film is truly scary, having to do mainly with the psychological manifestations one of our main characters is experiencing. These scenes are filmed expertly and maximize on the "scare you pants off effect" The second act is where I began to realize this was not a typical horror film. Although I've marked this post as having spoilers, I won't get too far into detail. I will, however, say that up to this point, the viewer has seen nothing that they've expected to see and everything that they haven't expected to see.The third act is where my fascination took flight.Surprisingly, the torture I had expected to see gratuitous amounts of throughout had been held off until the final act of the film. When this does begin, however, the film makers, and a special recognition to the editors, handle the torture in such a way that never feels cheap,immature, or pointless. The final payoff, which reveals the motives and goals behind the actions of the third act, are so shockingly fascinating that it will stay with you long after the credits stop rolling. Any true horror fan would do themselves a favor and watch this film which shows that horror films don't have to be cheap gimmicky pop corn flicks. Unfortunately, a large number of people will never watch it purely because it is subtitled. Hollywood, if you ever decide to give this the American remake treatment, I beg that you film this the exact same way; scene by scene, shot by shot.