Mark L. Smith, the screenwriter behind director Nimrod Antal’s underrated survival-frightener Vacancy, has written the latest draft to the upcoming American remake of the French film Martyrs.
Released in 2008 to critical acclaim, Martyrs centers on Anna, (Morjana Alaoui), a still-traumatized child abuse survivor abducted by a secret society convinced they can reach God by beating the living shit out of her for about an hour of the film’s duration.
It’ll be interesting to see if the remake remains as brutally violent as the original, which ends with Alaoui’s character flayed alive.
Personally, I had never seen such over-the-top, man-on-woman violence since I left home for college. If you think Jessica Alba taking a few rabbit punches to the face in director Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me is sick, watch Martyrs … you can make a drinking game out of it!