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Martyrs (2015)

Martyrs-posterDirector: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz

Writer: Mark L. Smith

Cast: Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton

Cert: 18

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2015


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What’s the story: Young girl Lucie escapes a group of torturers and in an orphanage befriends orphan Anna. Ten years later Lucie goes looking for the adults who abused her, taking Anna into a nightmarish world of violence and madness.

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What’s the verdict: Producing a “meh” remake of a film that saw members of the horror hungry FrightFest crowd losing their lunch, plus multiple walkouts at the official press screening really is some kind of achievement.

But, directors Kevin and Michael Goetz (whose sole previous outing was the little seen Wrecked) achieve maximum shruggage with their reimagining of Pascal Laugier’s 2008 original, one...

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FrightFest Memories – Cheers for Fears

FrightFest 4 horsemenPreparing a FrightFest feature for the Sky Movies website last week got me thinking about the festival, now celebrating its fourteenth year.

It’s remarkable to think of the many memories I now have because of crazy days across the August bank holiday weekend.

I became a FrightFester at the first event in 2000, when I had more hair on my head and fewer inches around the waist. That year I only saw the documentaries Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre and Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror. Alan Jones introduced both and prior to An Eye for Horror revealed he’d seen the script for Mother of Tears and a frisson of excitement travelled through the room.

Time ultimately told a sorry tale of how dreadful the closing chapter of the Three Mothers trilogy was, but at that moment the potential of...

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Martyrs

martyrspostbDirector: Pascal Laugier

Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mylene Jampanoi, Catherine Begin, Robert Toupin, Patricia Tulasni

Cert: 18

Running time: 97 mins

Year: 2008

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The lowdown: The film that had hardgore horror fans retching in the aisles at 2008’s London FrightFest became the most ferocious, uncompromising horror movie released in the UK in 2009. French director Pascal Laugier’s dark, twisted spin on a traditional revenge story should carry a government health warning. The fact that the BBFC passed it uncut is a minor miracle – it’s a movie that will not be quickly forgotten by those who can stand it.

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The full verdict:

Depending on personal thresholds for graphic violence, the French New Wave of Gore (Irreversible, Switchblade Romance, Frontier(s), Inside) reaches its zenith or nadir with...

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The Tall Man

The-Tall-Man-2012-Movie-Title-BannerDirector: Pascal Laugier

Cast: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Samantha Ferris, Eve Harlow, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis

Cert: 15

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: Director Pascal Laugier follows his ferocious sophomore movie Martyrs with another first-class shocker.  Jessica Biel is a doctor in an economically depressed mining town whose children are vanishing at an alarming rate.  Locals believe “the Tall Man” is spiriting the kids away into the nearby woods and over one terrifying night the truth is uncovered, but this is just the beginning.  Shocking, unusual and with raw emotion and smarts to spare, this is one of the year’s biggest surprises.

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The full verdict: Martyrs was an extraordinary love-it-or-hate-it horror movie with plenty of plot twists among...

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