The French film Martyrs is one of the few movies that I regret seeing. Not because it’s bad… it’s actually not. It’s actually quite good, though that seems an insufficient descriptor. No, it’s a different kind of awful. It’s a devastatingly harsh picture filled with torture, brutality, and violence, all wrapped within a bizarre, pseudo-religious philosophy. I won’t get into the plot too deeply, for fear of spoiling it for those who still want to see it, but suffice it to say it’s a unique and deeply disturbing film.
It’s also a film that I would have thought to be unremakeable (note: not a real word). Silly me. Apparently, producer Wyck Godfrey is interested in remaking it, for inexplicable reasons (he’s even conceded that the film is “not remake-able in its form for an American audience”). Hell, it’s not remake-able for any audience. It would be like remaking Audition or Calvaire or Antichrist. It’s pointless to even attempt it. Nonetheless, Godfrey wants to give it a shot, and even has a script lined up, penned by Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, The Hole).
But wait, there’s more! Not only is the idea a terrible one, but I can think of few producers more ill-suited to take up the endeavor. Wyck Godfrey, you see, is also the producer behind masterpieces like The Twilight Saga, Dear John, Eragon and, God help me, Daddy Day Care.
This is the man who wants to remake one of the most viscerally horrifying films I’ve ever seen. Oh, and he wants to get Kristen Stewart to star in it. Hand to God.
Fucking moron. Here’s the trailer for the original, which is difficult enough to handle (somewhat NSFW):
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