This movie, while it didn’t seem to scare me, was amazing! Martyrs is a story about two young women, one completely insane as a result of a traumatic past, and the other serving as a caretaker to her crazy friend. The nutcase basically makes a huge mess, leaving her friend to handle the unpleasant clean up. To make matters extend far beyond just cleaning up, the crazy one begins to see and believe something is coming after her. It is hard to explain without giving anything away, but the whole first half of the movie is gory, some of the best gore I’ve ever seen, the crazy girl is fighting a demon inside of her, which ends up taking its tole outside her body as well, and you really begin to think that she had no reason for doing what she did until…
BAM! The whole mood changes, and you understand what had brought on the bought of insanity and what she was trying to accomplish in the beginning of the film. The friend, now left to alone face the huge mess her friend created, finds out her friend was not actually crazy, but rather telling the truth about her past. Without warning, she is now meant to also endure what her friend had to as a child, and she begins to understand her motivation. She is tortured by a group of people whom you have no information about. She is humiliated, beaten, disturbingly force fed, and all the while leaving the audience asking “why?”.
It is not until the very end of the film that you understand the purpose of the inflicted suffering. To me the goal that the group wished to accomplish through this girl, was extremely creative, and also disturbing, but a valid wish nonetheless. The girl becomes the only person to ever reach the point that they tried forcing her to reach. She is something special, and you grow to like her character even more than you already had. This film, as I’ve said, is hard to review, but is not very well known and needs to be seen by all horror lovers! It is in subtitles, which I personally believe often makes movies more intense, sometimes even better, don’t ask me why because I don’t have an answer.
And I know I’ve already said this, but “HOLY SHIT” the gore… the more realistic the better.
I loved the two girls in this movie, they aren’t your normal female characters, they’re fucking insane.
I don’t like how I wrote this review, but I am at a loss for a better way to present it, when it comes down to it, you just need to see it to understand.