2,3 It's hard to chump down the ultimate justification of the horror (to torture for Transcendence or for ascertaining agnosticism is no better than Mengele's killing for Science, plus beyond-death experience is seldom prone to oral transmission) but I saw the gut-unnerving Colored Sculpture by Jordan Wolfson which resurfaced the film from where in my head I chucked it, restating that sadism is not about death. It's
**1/2. This is certainly one of the rare movies that could make you feel in your bones the Nazi medical atrocities perpetrated during WWII. In light of the reactions here at MUBI, 'Martyrs', with this in mind, is a success. I just hope that this was the director's intention while shooting his film. So, recommended to curious and courageous ones only.
When you have to take a puking break, you know it's hardcore. THE most violent film I've ever seen &probably not only the worst in its genre but the vilest in film history. There's a level of misogyny, female objectification & porn violence & sexist sadism that makes 'torture porn' too light: it's a snuff-film, no more. And a pretentious one at that, it aims 'higher': Kubrickian heights yet directed by a butcher:ZERO
Doing a misogynistic film to criticise misogyny is like fighting for peace by going to war. The violence is so extreme that makes it almost unbearable to watch... I can't believe I'm made until the end. Definitely an experience I won't be repeating.
A wave of violence as terrifying as unbelievable. I hate violence to women. While in Texas Chainsaw Massacre there was a distance with the film, this one is vicious, sadistic, cruel, abject & perturbing. ------- Un incrédible déferlement d'horreurs. La violence faite aux femmes est détestable. Contrairement Massacre à la Tronçonneuse où on se distancie du film, celui-ci est vicieux, cruel, abject & perturbant.
I could only count the people who've seen this film and watched it all the way to the end. The torture scenes are extremely disturbing, however it is essential to make up the profundity of the ending. This is by far one of my favourite horror films.
I never fully understood what "torture porn" meant till I saw this movie. Now I wish I hadn't. The first half was brilliant and promising; the second weak and totally absurd. I'm sure horror fans will dig the hell out of it though.