With a ton of imagery, a screening at Sitges and an approaching release date, we’ve all been wondering where the trailer for Martyrs is hiding. Finally, the wait is over, because we have the trailer for you to feast yours eyes on.
Honestly, it’s not that bad. The main issue with it – as has been with all the imagery we’ve seen – it’s too blunt with its religious connotations and the idea of martyrdom. The original packed a huge punch, because we didn’t know what was really going on until the end. The marketing for this has put it all out on the table for you to see, so those who haven’ seen the original – who this film is supposedly trying to entice – will not be hit as hard when the ending is revealed.
Surprisingly, there appears to be even more torture in this remake than in the original. Whether this is a good thing is a matter of opinion. However, to reduce the film to a mere torture flick would be a travesty, so we hope that there is still the same level of depth and complexity of ideas in this one, as there was in the original.
“Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatised, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonising truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…”
Martyrs has been directed by the Goetz brothers and will be receiving a limited theatrical release on 22nd January 2016, with a VOD, DVD and Blu-ray release on 2nd February.