Martyrs (2008)

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A young woman tormented by the psychological damage inflicted upon her by sadistic kidnappers seeks revenge with the aid of a childhood friend.

Martyrs begins with quite an interesting premise; Mylene Jampanoi’s damaged abuse victim is by far the most interesting character in the film and the first half of the story which centres around her state of mind and her friend’s uncertainty as to her sanity is very intriguing. But being a “horror” movie, cue the half-baked twist and it degenerates into yet another repulsive torture-thon, the piss weak Outer Limits excuse for which is feeble even by the standards of the genre.

Quite why anybody – women in particular – would find entertainment in watching a young girl being mutilated and brutalised I have no idea, but this so-called horror is just yet more tasteless, unpleasant torture porn with pretensions.

3/10

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