Pascal Laugier’s 2008 French revenge/torture porn horror Martyrs is much admired by many genre fans, though I disliked it myself; I thought it profoundly unpleasant and sadistic in a really questionable way, and not at all sophisticated in the way some say. While I’m not too happy about a remake, I reckon that fans of the original film are even more displeased about it. The film has been completed, and will make its world premiere at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, which runs from October 13th through to October 22nd. After this, Anchor Bay will give it a limited theatrical run in the US and release on VOD at the same time. No news yet of a UK release in any form, but I’m sure we’ll get to see it at some point. I can’t say I have much interest in doing do, but curiosity will no doubt make me give it a go.

Martyrs  is directed by The Goetz Brothers [whose desert-set drama Wrecked aka Scenic Route seems to be highly thought of by those who have seen it] and stars Bailey Noble, Troian Bellisario, Kate Burton, and Blake Robbins.

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…


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I'm a huge film fan and will watch pretty much any type of film, from Martial Arts to Westerns, from Romances [though I don't really like Romcoms!]] to Historical Epics. Though I most certainly 'have a life', I tend to go to the cinema twice a week! However,ever since I was a kid, sneaking downstairs when my parents had gone to bed to watch old Universal and Hammer horror movies, I've always been especially fascinated by horror, and though I enjoy all types of horror films, those Golden Oldies with people like Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee probably remain my favourites. That's not to say I don't enjoy a bit of blood and gore every now and again though, and am also a huge fan of Italian horror, I just love the style.

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