A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Lucie suffers from delusions of a devilish creature harming her. This creature was an enough horror movie element for me to close my eyes and hide behind my seat mate Rainier. I felt the uncertainty about this creature, is this creature real, is it only Lucie who can see it, can it also hurt other people. The way that this creature is framed again takes the attack of the fear of the unknown. Not only is it horribly deformed and looks and moves like a contortionist demon, it also uses that face of horror which is the fear of the unknown.
(I would like to comment on how realistic the wounds, the cuts, and the flayed body looks like. Given that this film was made back in 2008, that kind of effects was worthy of praise.) I’d like to cite Bloodbath and Beyond for this “The movie was split in two parts, the revenge, and part two, the torture”. I feel like if I split the movie into two short films it would still be coherent and understandable. The director is smart like that.
I also like the way that a secret society is put into the light here, as if they were doing medical research on people. It gives a good agenda for the torture plus, it’s kind of creepy to think that there could be some people out there trying to do this. Last comment about the film is on the open ended ending (?) it had. It engages the audience in a philosophical existential manner. The feeling of that darkness beyond. Right after the class, my friend and I were talking about the martyrs or ‘witnesses’ that saw this Transcendent Thou, this beyond for like a good one hour. I was questioning the way that martyrs fought for what they believe in and the way they manage to stay alive after going through so much torture that a human being is capable of dealing with can be because of something transcendent. I remember how St. John the Apostle was the only apostle who survived all the tortures, he was deep friend in large basin of boiling oil and survived that. After that he was sentenced to exile to the island of Patmos where he writes the final book of the bible, The Revelation.
Did the torture allow faith martyrs to transcend their current situation? Is the Revelation by St. John a delusional mind state like that of Lucie? These questions keep bugging me after classes
It’s safe to say this has been the most memorable movie in horror film class, not only was it the last, it was deeply disturbing and agonizing to watch. I used to think that Deadgirl was 100% disturbing, but after Martyrs, Deadgirl’s disturbing factor was like watching Barney dance or something, down to about 2%, compared to Martyrs.
The ending was really the best part of the movie, we didn’t get to here what Anna said to Mademoiselle. This is a really great way of engaging the viewers of thinking to themselves what is it that she said. What she said was something surely out of the natural, something really too great, or maybe something that got Mademoiselle to be inspired and all excited for the after life. We’ll never know, and that’s the essence of the film, let me get philosophical here, as Marcel said we stand at the boundary case of the human understanding, and there is darkness beyond it that we cannot ever fathom. This is the only film that got me thinking deeply, except for Triangle maybe, cos it’s plot is too circular (but big props to Triangle, it was not a bad movie), this is truly an existential film, also a horror movie.
“Keep doubting” this is the last words I will ever hear from Mademoiselle, and maybe the last words that horror class would ever teach me. The blank face of Mademoiselle either tells us that there’s nothing beyond, or there’s something beyond. Both truths are way too heavy for the human soul to accept. As this is my last horror movie film I will get sentimental with it and say: we live in the here and now, and we don’t live in the past or in the unseen future, to enjoy what we have and keep on the “meron” is what matters.