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Martyrs (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 22 January 2016 (USA)
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A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.

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Pascal Laugier (characters), Mark L. Smith (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Troian Bellisario ... Lucie
Bailey Noble ... Anna
Kate Burton ... Eleanor
Caitlin Carmichael ... Sam
Melissa Tracy ... The Creature
Romy Rosemont ... Mom
Toby Huss ... Fenton
Elyse Cole ... Young Anna
Ever Prishkulnik ... Young Lucie
Blake Robbins ... Dad
Taylor John Smith ... Son
Lexi DiBenedetto ... Daughter
Ivar Brogger ... Priest
Laurence Todd Rosenthal Laurence Todd Rosenthal ... Dr. Haseem (as Larry Rosenthal)
DaJuan Johnson ... Officer #1
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Anna rushes to help her friend Lucy, who was viciously abused as a young child, clean up the aftermath of the revenge she visited upon her abductors 15 years later. Was Lucy the only victim? Are they alone in this idyllic home? What nightmares lie beneath the tranquil facade of this house of horror? In search of the truth they uncover a sadistic cult organization determined to make a Martyr of each subject rather than a simple victim. Written by Robert Schiffman

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iskence Odasi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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According to the directors of the film, the remake will NOT be as violent as the original, 2008 film. See more »

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Remake of Martyrs (2008) See more »

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Dirty Dusty Roads
Written and Performed by Volker Barber
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Less violence, less emotion, less quality
31 May 2016 | by christinapichlerSee all my reviews

Being a huge fan of the French 2008 movie "Martyrs", I had strong doubts about the quality and necessity of a remake. Still I tried to push all those negative feelings aside and give the movie a fair shot.

Like the original, it starts out when the young girl Lucy escapes from a terrible situation unknown to the viewer. She lands in an orphanage where she meets her best friend Anna while being haunted from the past. Ten years later, Lucy kills a family claiming they are her former capturers.

One aspect I love about the French version is, it basically consists of two stories with the turnaround in the middle of the movie. The remake adapts the first half of the film more or less faithfully though clearly worse than the original and the second half deviates completely from it. With those drastic changes it feels more like one consisting story rather than two. They tried to create a new story instead of copying the French movie shot for shot and the attempt of doing so I appreciate about it. Still the second part fells illogical and is a mess. For me it does not work and felt even cheesy sometimes.

The acting is not exceptional but also not terrible. It has some beautifully shot scenes but there is some shaky cam in it which is bothering. Furthermore the movie is a lot less violent and gory which basically is okay but leads to some illogical moments in the second half. Also there are some genuinely boring moments considering the short running time and overall it is a lot less emotional than Pascal Laugier's Martyrs. Especially an aspect from Lucy's struggle with the past is left unresolved and you care a lot less about her.

Over all, I think someone who has not seen the French version or does not like extremely brutal movies can watch this toned down version and might actually enjoy it for its story. Fans of the New French Extremity masterpiece should stay away from the remake and everybody else I clearly advise to check out the former one!


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