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  • Actors: Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Caitlin Carmichael, Kate Burton
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada
  • Release Date: Feb. 2 2016
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B019649GQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,183 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The French version was not really a good horror film, plot was stupid, acting bad and music score was a plagiarism of 28 Weeks Later. But at least it contains hardcore gruesome horror sequences / torture and a one of a kind atmosphere.
But the US remake is juste ridiculous. Same bad plot, worst acting, directed like a TV movie and worst of all the gruesome sequence was simply skipped and replaced by stupid Saw like sequences. Only the original music score by Evan Goldman is good.
Don't waste your time with this crap, if the concept really interest you, do to you a favor and get the original French version instead.

- Audio: English only (True HD 5.1)
- Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
- Code / Region: A only (US / Canada)
- Features: Martyrs First Look

La version française n'était déjà pas glorieuse, l'histoire était stupide, le film mal réalisé et encore plus mal joué et la partition original musical est un honteux plagiat sur 28 Semaines Plus Tard. Mais au moin il contenait des séquences éprouvantes et vraiment gores, du jamais vu pour certaines. Ainsi qu'une ambiance plutôt unique.
Mais le remake US est juste dégueulasse. Même histoire stupide, encore plus mal joué, réalisé comme un film pour la télévision, mais le pire c'est que les séquences gores et éprouvantes ou tout simplement été jetée aux oubliettes au profit de séquences classiques à la Decadence. Seul la partition musical original de Evan Goldman est de bonne qualité, largement meilleur que l'original.
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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 22 2016
Format: DVD
I did not see the original so I didn't know where this one went. Unfortunately once it got there, I couldn't believe it. Lucy (Troian Bellisario) claims she was tortured as a child (how she escaped is still a mystery) and sees monsters that haunt her. She becomes BFF with Anna (Bailey Noble) who like the audience doesn't know what to believe.

PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD. Ten years later Lucy, somehow out of the blue, finds the couple that tortured her and blows the entire family away with a shotgun...pretty cool stuff. Then the story turns weird as Anna reluctantly goes and helps Lucy clean-up. The weird was pretty good and then we find out what it was all about: People who die with their eyes open (see cover). I prayed..."Please God, don't have the film be this stupid." Nope. It was. People who died with their freaking eyes open. I believe I would have loved the story more had it been for some DNA mutant experiment instead. Nope. People who die with their eyes open.

Guide: No sex or nudity. 1 F-bomb as I recall. Blood, torture, graphic skin removal scene that made me cringe.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f743cc) out of 5 stars possibly the worst remake in the history of cinema Jan. 30 2016
By Paul Donovan - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
1. This movie, directed by the Goetz Brothers, is billed as "The Ultimate Horror Movie". It's a complete lie.

I don't think I've ever been as mad or as disgusted at such a cinematic disaster as this one. Thirty seconds into it, I knew it was trash. My friend, watching it with me, wanted to give it a real chance. He lasted 8 more minutes before he gave up and agreed with me.

2. The original 2008 French horror film, "Martyrs", changed my life. It was a cinematic and cultural landmark. Not only was it an example of a new extreme in horror film, but it was existentially relevant. It was smart, and bleak, and excruciating, but it dared to take on the issue of one of the most important questions of being human.

3. The American remake (which got a small theatrical release in January 2016) is everything that the original is not.

4. Both versions have the same basic plot: a girl escapes from captors that had been torturing her, finds a friend, and together they try to get revenge.

Besides that basic plot set-up, however, these are opposite movies. The original is about the limits of trauma that a human can endure, and what happens when those limits are passed. The remake, in the words of the screenwriter Mark Smith, is about "trying to save a friend."

5. The cinematography of this film is flat and uninspired. It looks like it was made with barely more than a college student ramen-noodle budget.

6. The acting is terrible. None of the actors seem to have any idea of what it could possibly feel like to experience more pain than tearing a fingernail. The two main actresses look like models, complete with bouncy curly hair.

7. The extreme violence that this story requires is turned down in this movie to about the same level as an episode of CSI: Miami. During the captivity scenes, the two women (yes, two) are wearing padded handcuffs that they could have easily escaped from.

8. The original "Martyrs" did not do that well in the box office. It was too extreme, and the philosophical implications were too horrible, for most audiences to handle. But writer/director Pascal Laugier had the guts to take the movie where it needed to go, which made it famous in certain circles.

This movie is about as gutsy as "American Idol".

9. If you are a serious fan of cinema, this movie is useful as a study of how American films differ from French films on the same topic. Other than that, there is no possible reason to watch this film. If you haven't seen the original, this piece of trash will not give you the intended message. And if you have seen the original, the very fact that this version was even made is an existential insult.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By unhappy blaster - Published on
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Such garbage i cant believe i gave it a chance, everything about this movie sucks compared to the original french version, music, acting, and make up is just garbage, the fact that pascal let this happen to his master piece amazes me, do yourself a favor and spend the extra money to get the unrated french movie.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f746fc) out of 5 stars One Of The Rare Fans Of The Original That Liked It. Feb. 2 2016
By robhartj - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Unlike most others, I welcome horror movie remakes. I know that most end up being trash. But there are the few that end up being decent horror movies in their own merit. Yes, I'm a fan of the original 2008 French film Martyrs. I mean I really loved the intense raw terror of the original mixed. But like most have said, it wasn't just about the terror. It had deep meaning. Which is why it has become one of the biggest horror cult classics of the past 20 years. So when I heard that they were making an American remake, I was honestly excited. The producers promised to keep the intensity of the original. This announcement was way back in 2010. So you can imagine I've been waiting nearly 6 years for this. Now the film is finally here. I will admit that the trailer for the film released online made it look very mediocre. And I knew that most other fans of the original would trash the film relentlessly regardless of its true value. It is hard to not compare this to the original. The critics reviews seem implausible too. I guess I'm the rare fan of the original that actually liked it.

*Basic Plot*
A girl escapes from captivity from being tortured on a daily basis. The police return to find the torture site abandoned. The girl is sent to an orphanage where she befriends another orphan girl and sees visions of a monster. Years later as an adult she tracks down her captors and takes revenge, which sets off a chain of even more terrifying events for her and her best friend.

That really is just a typical summary of the plot to lure you in. It's for the most part a carbon copy of the originals story. Some scenes are shot for shot. There are a few tweaks that are "Americanized", but are still a bit intense compared to other horror remakes that seem dumbed down. I will admit that upon my first viewing I was disappointed in the handling of the ending. But the film still stuck with me long after. I read all these negative reviews prior and expected the holy grail of terrible remakes. I'm glad to find out most of those reviews are completely misguided. Yes, it pales in comparison to the original. But it is not nearly as bad as other fans have said it is. They seem to blindly hate it. I read one negative review that pointed out that the movie had country music, as if that played a big part in the soundtrack, when in reality it was literally just 10 seconds of the music near the beginning. Others say the acting is typical terrible American remake bad acting. Again, wrong. Sure it wasn't Oscar worthy acting. But it was all believable. Yes, the ending and captivity scenes are changed a lot. They are still intense, but less effective. BUT, still pretty good. I think the movie was still a pretty good horror film. There were scenes of brooding terror in the beginning. The musical score is very epic and emotional for a horror movie. The acting is pretty good. The production value is really good for a low budget remake. There are some visual shots during the daytime scenes that are eye candy. The message the original sent out is still present, just not delivered nearly as well. But it's still there! The ending will disappoint fans of the very memorable finale of the original, but in its own context it works decently. So all these insanely negative reviews should not be taken that seriously until you've seen the movie for yourself and will form your own positive or negative opinion. Believe it or not, even the original hasn't been seen by everyone. So most early reviews for this remake are from disgruntled fans of the original who went out to do nothing but trash this film. Of course if you saw the original and liked it, you will have a hard time not comparing the two. At first I was comparing them, but once I looked at this movie as a standalone horror film pretending the original didn't exist, I found it to be a pretty good horror experience. For the moment, I'd trust the opinion on this film of someone who hasn't seen the original more than the angry fans. Because their minds are fresh. They won't be overly nitpicky. Some will, but most might appreciate this for it's true value. Sure its not nearly the best horror movie ever made, but it's one of the best remakes. I'd bet anything that if this was released nationwide in theaters first, that it would get a warmer response from reviewers. I say if you haven't seen the original, you'll have a better time seeing this on your horror movie night. If you did see the original I strongly recommend you try your hardest not to compare the two and view this as if its truly a standalone film. I predict as time passes by this will find a small cult following. The reviews will slightly get better. Either way, turn up the volume, turn off the lights, and enjoy.

**Fun Fact**
The writer of this remake is the same man who wrote the adapted screenplay for the award winning film The Revenant. Believe it or not.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f74c18) out of 5 stars I feel like I would have really dug this movie if I ... Jan. 22 2016
By D. Narkinsky - Published on
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I feel like I would have really dug this movie if I hadn't already seen the original. It felt like "Martyrs lite". Stick with the original.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f74c30) out of 5 stars Agony and Ecstasy Ain't What They Used to Be: The Ill-Advised Revisioning of a Modern Classic March 8 2016
By PDC - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
The original French Canadian 'Martyrs' was a brilliant, uncompromising work of art. Harrowing yet compassionate, profoundly sad and ultimately transcendent, there is nothing else quite like it. Unfortunately, this American remake does not begin to have the same haunting impact or chilling, poetic artistry of the original. This "reimagining" is from a whole different, much less challenging planet. Despite some effective moments from the cast (my primary reason for giving this 2 stars rather than 1), they are sabotaged by a wrongheaded screenplay which makes every deviation from the original a change for the worse. Pascal Laugier's devastating masterpiece utilized subtlety and suggestion as well as explicit cruelty to achieve its nightmarish impact, going way beyond this comparatively tepid "remake" in its power to terrify and disturb, accomplishing, in the process, something remarkable which this version doesn't even attempt -- to leave the viewer both emotionally drained and intellectually tantalized. How many "horror" films accomplish that? Only a rare few. And this new version of 'Martyrs' certainly cannot be added to that list.

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