TGB Breakdown Ep 8: Pascal Laugier's Martyrs (Guest: C. Robert Cargill)
by Tim Buel
October 19, 2012
On this episode of The Golden Briefcase Breakdown, hosts Tim & Jeremy are joined by screenwriter (Sinister) and writer/blogger (for Ain't It Cool News) C. Robert Cargill aka Massawyrm for an immensely spoiler-filled discussion on Pascal Laugier's 2008 extremely gory French horror film Martyrs. The main purpose of Breakdown episodes is to to ponder, discuss and challenge the films that we feel often need more than just a simple review. We breakdown the film to discuss plots and theories in order to better understand the director's vision and hopefully challenge our listeners at home to re-evaluate the way they watch cinema.
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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
Nielsen700 on Oct 19, 2012
scariest movie ive ever seen loved it
DoomCanoe on Oct 19, 2012
Hip-Hip-Hooray Its Golden Briefcase (Breakdown) Day! Thanks fellas.
DAVIDPD on Oct 19, 2012
A female co-worker from a movie theater I used to work at recommended this to me. I watched it and thought "Never again!" I don't know what motivated me to re-watch the film, two or so more times. Maybe I wanted to see what she saw. It has to be an example of "torture porn" but I can't imagine mainstream audiences flocking to see sequels of it that try to "up the ante". Never mind that it's violence is "extreme", it's also one of the most melancholy horror movies ever made. Watching the film is without question a joyless experience, yet it is actually digestible. The funny thing about it is that the first half of the movie has the most graphic imagery (a lot of it performed by a woman against other women), but it's the 2nd half that is the most divisive because of how "superfluous" the violence seems as a man repeatedly attacks a helpless woman. The movie is really about people who are trying to get some sort of release, and it's also a commentary on the release or rush that audiences seek to get from violent Horror movies. This movie, however, tries to release you from your seat. You may never watch violent Horror movies in the same way again. I still say F**k The Passion of the Christ though.
Chris on Oct 19, 2012
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