Martyrs Remake Has Already Been Filmed?!??!!!?

Marytrs posterI’ll give you a second to let the bile and vomit clear your throat. It’s been a while since I heard or read anything about the possible remake of the 2008 French film MARTYRS, but all good things must come to an end. As I was sitting down to write this article about how the MARTYRS remake was back on track another news item came across my desk (okay okay, it was my laptop) telling me that filming for the MARTYRS remake has already wrapped!! I think the studio pulled a fast one on us. The last time a big announcement was made about a remake was back in 2010 when THE LAST EXORCISM’s Daniel Stamm was attached to direct and Kristen Stewart was rumored as the potential lead. If a remake wasn’t bad enough the possibility of Kristen Stewart starring was too much for horror fans and the internet lit up like the Times Square Christmas tree!! It worked. Talk of the remake faded away. Now, though, the rumors aren’t rumors and it looks like we’re getting a MARTYRS remake whether we like it or not. According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, “MARTYRS, which is to be produced by Blumhouse and The Safran Company, has already been completed.”

The remake is directed by The Goetz Brothers (Michael and Kevin) and Mark L. Smith, who wrote VACANCY, THE HOLE, and THE REVENANT, penned the script. Here’s the big question: Who’s starring? Bailey Noble (TRUE BLOOD) and Troian Bellisario (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) star along with Kate Burton and Blake Robbins.

For those of you not familiar with MARTYRS stop reading this and go out and buy this film immediately. MARTYRS is the most important horror film to come out in the past two decades. MARTYRS was written and directed by Pascal Laugier and on the surface was about an abused woman seeking revenge against her tormentors. But this film is way more than a revenge film. MARTYRS delves into topics that other films won’t even dare tread. The nature of suffering, the nature of violence, the Meaning of Life … these themes and more are explored both on an emotional and visceral level. 

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Marytrs1From the second studios started whispering about a U.S remake of MARTYRS horror fans united in their unanimous cry of it being a completely unnecessary remake. The phrase “unnecessary remake” gets thrown around a lot but when talking about MARTYRS this has never been more appropriate. Quite frankly MARTYRS can’t be remade properly if it’s being done by a mainstream studio (which it is) for a mainstream audience (which it is). Why? I’m glad you asked.

Firstly, the level of violence is unrelenting. Even if the studio cut out sixty percent of the violence that was in the original film it would still get an R rating. And if recent Hollywood trends are any indicator then the remake will be going for a PG-13 rating in order to maximize the amount of people able to see it.

Secondly, the themes explored in the original are themes that Hollywood just won’t touch. The theme of suffering and the ultimate meaninglessness of life are not your typical Hollywood themes. There’s also a negative religious vibe throughout the film that I assure you won’t be in the remake.

Finally, MARTYRS is one of the most nihilistic films you’ll ever see. There isn’t so much as a knock-knock joke in the original. There’s no comedy relief, there’s no hope, there’s no uplifting resolve. If the remake so much as attempts to throw in a smile here and there or tries an uplifting ending then the filmmakers fail. They will have failed to grasp what Laugier set out to accomplish in the original MARTYRS. MARTYRS was not made for a general audience. In fact director-writer Pascal Laugier provides an introduction to the film where he tells us that we may not want to see this movie; that it came from a very dark place within him. After we see it, he continues, we may hate him but that’s okay because, as he tells us, “I don’t really love myself either.” This isn’t a PR stunt. This is a difficult film to get through but after you watch it you realize that you just experienced something unique and important.

I can’t see a U.S remake successfully pulling off a remake while staying true to the source material. Maybe I’m wrong and the remake is a masterpiece just like the original. It could happen. Right?

Tell me what you think about both MARTYRS and the MARTYRS remake. Think these filmmakers can pull to off?

Stay Bloody!!!

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8 Responses to “Martyrs Remake Has Already Been Filmed?!??!!!?”
  1. The Beast says:

    Not a chance, this will be a complete fail, as you so eloquently described in your article, none of the original material, visually, lyrically, emotionally or underlying meaning will ever be incorporated by a mainstream production….some films should just be left alone, this being a prime case.

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  2. Why so soon? And really, you can’t mess with perfection.

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  3. Katie says:

    You hit the nail on the head….I believe that some Americans just don’t care nor are “smart” enough to grasp the original. I guarantee that IF the remake comes out, most people won’t have heard of the original and will think it’s a great movie (maybe I just work and know a lot of clueless people???). I actually get kind of irate when there is an American remake of an outstanding foreign film. And you are absolutely correct, this will be a train wreck for those of us “in the know.” The original is brutal, but after it’s over, you find yourself thinking more about the themes of the movie. And the brutality is not just there for shock value…it has a clear purpose and meaning. The original is excellent and should not be touched by ANYONE!

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  1. […] I’m assuming every and anyone who reads Anything Horror has seen Pascal Laugier’s brilliant and disturbing modern classic, MARTYRS. Well did you know there’s a remake coming our way? Did you know said remake is already in post-production? Pretty pathetic, isn’t it? I’ve never experienced a production company so determined to make a remake that nobody wants to see. Seriously, check around the internet. There is zero support for a MARTYRS remake. If you’ve seen the original, you’ll understand why. Back in February 2015, I detailed why an American remake of MARTYRS would be about as successful as New Coke. You can check out my previous article here. […]

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  2. […] I’m assuming every and anyone who reads Anything Horror has seen Pascal Laugier’s brilliant and disturbing modern classic, MARTYRS. Well did you know there’s a remake coming our way? Did you know said remake is already in post-production? Pretty pathetic, isn’t it? I’ve never experienced a production company so determined to make a remake that nobody wants to see. Seriously, check around the internet. There is zero support for a MARTYRS remake. If you’ve seen the original, you’ll understand why. Back in February 2015, I detailed why an American remake of MARTYRS would be about as successful as New Coke. You can check out my previous article here. […]

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