Martyrs Remake Lacks What The Original Offers?

MARTYRS Release Date: January 22, 2016, Limited Release

Release Platform: Theatrical (limited), DVD, Blu-ray, VOD

Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama


A woman and her childhood friend seek revenge out on those who victimized and abused them.


“Martyrs”, was originally released in 2008 and was directed by Pascal Laugier. Now, a reboot to the film is set for the 22nd of January 2016. Directors Kevin Goetz and Michael Goetz are re-visioning the French Horror film. The “Martyrs” reboot will have a limited theatrical release. Afterwards the film will go straight to DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD on February 2nd 2016.

An exclusive trailer to the 2016 adaptation of “Martyrs” released earlier this month. I must say, the difference between the reboot and the original trailer is noticeable. The original “Martyrs” film was a Horror-Drama-Mystery. It is rated in at an astounding 7.1 on IMDB. Furthermore, the film also won 7 awards. These merits are tough to match for the US adaptation, which ranks in at a disappointing 3.6. on IMDB. Martyrs 2008The full synopsis for “Martyrs” the original 2008 film goes as follows:

Fifteen years after a horrifying experience of abduction and prolonged torture, Lucie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge against her oppressors. Along with her childhood friend, Anna, who also suffered abuse, she quickly descends, without hope, into madness and her own delusions. Anna, left on her own begins to re-experience what Lucie did when she was only twelve years old. "Martyrs" 2016The synopsis for “Martyrs” 2016 adaptation goes as follows:

“In ‘Martyrs’ 10-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, 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 agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…” "Martyrs" 2016Taking a close look at the trailers for each film, in “Martyrs” (2008), we see poor Lucie running from her isolated prison, where she was held captive for 15 years. Following her imprisonment and filled with vengeance, Lucie returns to her prison with her good friend, Anna, in hopes of bringing her oppressors.

Let’s take a close look at the trailers for each film. In the original “Martyrs” (2008), we see the protagonist Lucie escaping from her prison. It turns out she was held captive for 15 years. Filled with vengeance, Lucie returns to her prison with her good friend, Anna. Her hopes are in bringing her oppressors to justice. Instead, what she gets is the nightmare she fought so hard to escape from. Likewise, Anna now shares the nightmare Lucie has experienced during her imprisonment.

The trailer for the  2016 adaptation takes a different visual approach. We are fast-forwarded to the events that happen after Lucie escaping isolation and imprisonment. What’s more, the

story of Lucie and Anna seem to take a different path as well. You see a lot more go in the original French trailer than in the US adaptation trailer. It raises the question; Will the remake

be as brutal and hardcore as the original? The 2016 trailer looks tame, a PG-13 vibe as opposed to the original’s R rating. The 2008 included; "Martyrs" 2016

“disturbing/severe aberrant behavior involving strong bloody violence, torture, child abuse, and some nudity”. 

Not to mention the 2016 adaptation doesn’t have an MPAA Rating. This tame approach could make the 2016 release a disappointment. If rated PG-13, the “Martyrs” remake would be void of visuals that made the original French film a masterpiece.  The original 2008 “Martyrs” trailer reveals more to the story. In just 1 minute and 30 seconds the viewer has an idea of the storyline.

In comparison, the 2016 remake fails to deliver the same impact in 1 minute and 40 seconds. After viewing the trailer to the remake you’re left lot a lot to question. The main question is; will the 2016 US remake will hold up to the original 2008 film?  While I agree it would be nice not to watch the film withou distracting subtitles. My main focus is the film itself and I’m curious if Kevin and Michael Goetz will deliver.



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