Anchor Bay to Release Remake of Martyrs
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.
The American remake of MARTYRS is being produced by Blumhouse and The Safran Company, and horror fans everywhere were more than just a little surprised to learn that the remake had already finished filming, completely under the radar, earlier this year. Now the news that’s trickling out is that the remake is in post-production and Anchor Bay will be handling distribution. Do ya kinda get the feeling that Blumhouse and The Safran Company are doing their best to release the MARTYRS remake with as little to no fanfare as possible? Anchor Bay reports that this remake will have both a VOD and theatrical release, but I don’t think it’ll ever see the inside of a theater.
The MARTYRS remake is directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz (who both have exactly one feature length film under their belts), is written by Mark L. Smith (whose previous writing credits include the two VACANCY films, SEANCE, and THE HOLE), and stars Bailey Noble, Troian Bellisario, Kate Burton, Caitlin Carmichael, Taylor John Smith, Lexi DiBenedetto, and Blake Robbins. We also have a plot crunch:
Ten-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…
I’m sire the next thing we’ll hear about this remake is that it is already available on various VOD platforms. Anchor Bay hasn’t announced a release date yet, and judging by how the production companies haven’t done any promoting for it, I don’t expect to get any future news until it is already released.
What do you think? Why the secrecy with this film? Are you excited to check it out? Sounds off in the comments below.