I haven’t went on a good rant in a while. And what better place to start it back up than with this upcoming remake of the amazing 2008 French horror movie, Martyrs.
I’ll save my breath about Hollywood and the fact that they can’t come up with any original ideas anymore for horror movies, let alone movies in general. The soon-to-be released Poltergeist remake looks pretty much like a CGI-infused carbon copy of the original. And don’t get me started on this “exact script as the original” version for the Cabin Fever that’s going to be forced upon us soon. But none gets my blood boiling more than the upcoming remake of Martyrs, a truly original and mesmerizing horror masterpiece in my opinion that not only punches you in the gut while you watch it, but makes you contemplate something as important and thought provoking as afterlife. Oh, and it’s got one amazing shotgun blast death scene too.
Tremendous, isn’t it? If you’ve seen the original Martrys, then I don’t have to tell you it goes to places that most American films don’t have the balls to go to. And therein lies the problem with this remake. I just don’t have an ounce of faith that it will take you to where the original went and make you feel what the original made you feel in the end. Martyrs was one of the only horror movies that literally made me sit in silence after I watched it for a good 15 minutes or so. But who knows….maybe the directing duo of The Goetz Brothers (there are two of them, so maybe that’s an advantage) will prove me wrong and deliver something faithful and honorable to that 2008 version. At least they’re not overselling it already and calling it ‘The Ultimate Horror Movie‘ or anything like that.
Every horror fan has a a few scenes that they’ve taken away from the genre where upon first viewing, have yelled out “Holy Sh*t!” or “Oh Sh*t!” or “God Damn Motherf*cker!” and well, you get the point. And no, I’m not talking about the part in Nightmare On Elm Street Part 4 where the dog pisses fire and resurrects Freddy Krueger. I’m talking about genuine shock moments or something so sick that you had to turn your head away from the TV and focus on something feminine. So here’s a new feature where I’ll spotlight those scenes that have affected me throughout my horror filled life and made me yell out “Holy Sh*t!”.
First up – easily one of my favorite horror films in the last 10 years. Pascal Laugier’s, Martyrs. Yes, this French flick had more than enough shocking moments in it, but the one that really made me sit up on the couch and take notice happened just a few minutes in when Anna (Morjana Alaoui) pays a little visit to her tormentors. Watch the clip below and wait for the first shotgun blast (sorry for the advertisement beforehand):
The whole scene is pretty disturbing, but in a beautiful way (gotta love that visual of the feathers falling in the air in the bedroom after more gunfire). But that first shotgun blast to the Dad lets you know that this movie isn’t playing around and as it progresses, you’ll understand why the French owned international horror around that time (see Inside and Frontiers as well). Martyrs doesn’t stick to the rules – and that’s what makes it so great. Definitely not an easy film to sit through, but if you’re a true horror fan, it’s worth it in the end. Just don’t expect a dog to start pissing fire and bringing a horror icon back to life. Seriously – that really happened folks.