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The Greatest Movies We Never Want to See Again: ‘Martyrs’

Yet another French horror film makes its way onto the list — Pascal Laugier’s brutal 2008 horror film tells the story of Lucie, a little girl who escapes torture but is haunted by a destructive force that isn’t quite done with her yet. With the aid of her friend Anna, Lucie seeks to confront her torturers and rid herself of the persistent entity that’s causing her so much pain. To say much else would spoil the twists and turns of the film, but it is undeniably cynical and relentlessly violent, soaked in blood and confronting the audience with unimaginable torture. That the film was conceived and written by Laugier in the midst of a deep depression is evident, and while ‘Martyrs’ is indeed difficult to sit through without cringing or looking away, the film’s themes are universal and profound.

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