Dumb Ideas Sink Fangs into Martyrs Remake

Dumb Ideas Sink Fangs into Martyrs Remake

So not too long ago I watched a foreign film that was horribly, horribly grotesque (in a good way). It was very well shot, visually disturbing and the end was disgusting enough to make me turn my eyes for a moment.  Now we get word about a US remake of the same film and it too will end up being horribly, horribly grotesque but for all of the wrong reasons.

As you may or may not have heard, producer Wyck Godfrey’s production company Temple Hill Entertainment (Twilight Saga) is producing an American version of the film Martyrs. For those of you who have not seen Martyrs (tisk, tisk) you will not fully understand why a remake is completely unnecessary and unwanted.

From Fearnet.com: Godfrey says his enthusiasm to make an American version of Martyrs is rooted in a deep appreciation of the original film. “I love that movie,” he said, “[although] I think it’s not remake-able in its form for an American audience. But the core elements of it are fascinating. I love the cult and what it’s about, and I’m also obsessed with the nature of childhood friends — growing up when one doesn’t believe the other one and the corruption between that. I’m excited.”

If that first statement didn’t piss you off then this should. Godfrey told Fearnet, “I would love for Kristen (Stewart) to do it,” and “We’re doing it for an American audience with an American cast – the script we’ve written for it is awesome.” The script was penned by Vacancy writer Mark L. Smith.

I highly suggest that if you haven’t already, you see this film immediately and then share in the rage over this purposed remake. Kristen Stewart is the wrong choice for this movie (or any movie). This is a movie that requires two very strong actresses who have the ability to display a deep emotional range. This is not a film where a stiff, bland and wasteful performance will work. Martyrs is perfect the way it is – DO NOT remake it and get it all Twilighty. Though I would like to see Taylor Lautner play the son…

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6 Responses to “Dumb Ideas Sink Fangs into Martyrs Remake”

  1. I just threw up in my mouth at the prospect of this idea. Martyrs is just one of those films that you don’t touch (much in the same way Let The Right One In was supposed to be). Do they think that Twilight fans would go out and see this one??? you gotta be fucking kidding me. This film will do nothing except piss horror fans off.

    • I know! Studios complain that they are hemorrhaging money yet they still let production companies make brilliant decisions like this. Come on Hollywood, tighten the reins a bit on quality control and stop this nonsense of flooding the US with garbage films.

  2. I love Martyrs, and if they’re going to pointlessly remake it, having one of the leads from Twilight get brutally punched in the face may actually work for me.

    Sadly, I fear they’ll tone the film down so much that it’ll just be a pointless ‘girl finds family who kidnapper her and reports them to the police’ story instead.

  3. If Kristen actually does sign on, you can instantly write this remake off entirely. There’s no way in Hades the makers will go anywhere near the extremes of the original with the actress from the biggest pre-teen pseudo horror marketing cashcow in history.

  4. Holy Crap!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me this is not true! Kristen Stewart CANNOT ACT!!! She is awful. Ask any die hard Twilight fan, they think she is awful as Bella the character. How can the producer think she is great…..This will ruin it….It was such a great movie and so well made. She can’t even handle the idea of being famous. She calls it like being “raped”….I mean COME ON!! Seriously!!


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