Viewed – 27 August 2016 Online rental
Every now and then I feel up for a nasty little horror movie and have a pretty strong threshold of what I can endure with movies like Hostel and Saw standing out as good examples of the more extreme side of horror. However it’s often the case that horror from foreign countries can push that envelope further as witnessed in the disturbing classic Martyrs. So sitting down to this Turkish entry I was both excited and a little nervous.
A group of cops, hanging out at a late night restaurant, are called to an emergency at an old, abandoned police station in the middle of nowhere. So sets up a night of terror, hallucinations and a descent into hell as the cops try to make sense of an increasingly bizarre and freaky situation. Director Can Evrenol has gone on record as saying he was influenced by the movies of such Italian horror auteurs as Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento, and if like me you’re at all familiar with either director, it’s in full force here; Argento’s decidedly weird colour palettes of blues & reds (and great use of music) … Fulci’s dream-logic narrative and revelling in gore etc. This is less a movie about story, traditional structure and more about atmosphere, style and freaking out (or repulsing) the viewer. In such respect it works wonders and jumps in time, dreams and reality whilst at first jarring, soon created a personality all it’s own, and I began to just go with it, awaiting the next nutty development.
This is pretty messed up stuff; satanism, lashings of blood, graphic throat slits, and at the centre of it all the horribly disturbing looking ‘Father’. I won’t go into any more of what happens but rest assured this one is not for the easily offended or squemish (and it gets pretty sick) but definitely a movie for gore-hounds and those that like their horror to punch them in the face until they can’t take no more. Yet it could have been scarier, and as there is little reason or logic to anything, I was left not really caring about any of the characters. With that said, I still applaud the director for nailing a very effective style and delivering an ‘experience’ not easily forgotten.
Verdict: 3.5 /5