Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 8: Martyrs (2008)
I have written about Martyrs before, but that link has some pretty major spoilers though so please refrain from clicking it until you have seen the movie. We loved this film so much that I was asked to bring it back into the spotlight for our 31 Days Of Halloween feature. I am not going to try to summarize the plot here, as it is a really complex movie that takes a lot of left turns while considering some pretty outrageous concepts. Instead I will just use some key words to describe the plot abstractly: Girls, torture, murders, monster, crazy, torture, wtf?, torture, wtf?, torture. Just watch the movie, you will understand.
The first time I saw Martyrs it blew my mind. I immediately watched it again, and my mind was blown, again. This film takes you down one road, and you think you know exactly what is going on, but then something happens and you realize that this is a completely different movie than you thought it was. All of the sudden this by the books revenge film turns in to a meta creature you never saw coming (it also features some creatures you will probably wish you had not seen).
Recently, my 17 year old sister decided she loved horror movies. That would be good, but unfortunately she is part of the generation that thinks the Nightmare On Elm Street remake was “like, totally scary and an awesome movie, bro!” Crushed by her poor taste in film, I realized I had failed her as an older brother. My method for fixing this? Showing her Martyrs. She did not sleep that night, and my mom was mad at me for a week. Mission accomplished.
The thing about Martyrs is that it is not outright terrifying, but that it stays with you, haunting you.
Check out the trailer below.
You can buy Martyrs here, or go rent it at your local video store that has foreign movies.
Editorial written by: Justin Proper (Twitter)