New on DVD: Martyrs

New on DVD: Martyrs

When it comes to horror, you need look no farther than France. In the early ‘70s, a 10-year-old girl who’d been missing for months is found running down an empty road. She looks like she’s been tortured for a long period of time but she has no idea from where she escaped. Traumatized, she is […]


When it comes to horror, you need look no farther than France.

In the early ‘70s, a 10-year-old girl who’d been missing for months is found running down an empty road. She looks like she’s been tortured for a long period of time but she has no idea from where she escaped. Traumatized, she is placed in a hospital to recover. There, Lucie meets Anna, a girl about her age and they become inseparable friends. Fifteen years later, Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï) appears on the doorstep of a well-to-do family with a rifle. She’s convinced this is the house of horrors she escaped all those years ago. And she wastes no time getting even. But when Anna (Morjana Alaoui) comes to help Lucie, she’s not so sure Lucie was right.

Blood and hideous injuries are a given in contemporary French horror. But this film attempts to give more meaning to the horrible afflictions being visited on these girls. Their pain is not a pleasure; instead, it’s meant to serve a higher purpose. But the reasoning is not as solid as the perpetrators believe.

This film is on par with other French thrillers, including High Tension and Inside. They’re bloody but the stories are very compelling. The violence is always leading up to some cataclysmic conclusion.

Sadly, there were no DVD special features to evaluate – except for couple of trailers.