Generally I don't even get surprised by horror remake news anymore. The guy who did High Tension is remaking Piranha? Sure, why not? Oh, what's that? One of the Twilight producers is aiming to remake the recent French horror film Martyrs? Hey, that sounds {spit take} whaaaaaat? That's just ... ok, breathe. The producer in question is one Wyck Godfrey, who produces not only the Twilight franchise, but also has his names on remakes and adaptations like I Robot, Alien vs. Predator, Flight of the Phoenix, When a Stranger Calls, The Nativity Story, and Eragon. (Also Daddy Day Care.)

According to Bloody-Disgusting, screenwriter Mark L. Smith is the one on Martyrs adaptation duty, and genre fans may recognize that name from Vacancy, Vacancy 2, and Joe Dante's upcoming The Hole. The question here is not over Smith's screenwriting skills (Vacancy is rather cool) or even Mr. Godfrey's inconsistent track record with proven properties ... the question here is WHY?

For those who generally avoid the more "hardcore" horror films, Martyrs begins as a brutally shocking "home invasion" thriller that gradually turns into something a lot more ... disturbing. It's not a film I plan to revisit very often, but truth be told, I think it's one of the best horror films of the past ten years. (Seriously, though, it's a rough one. You've been warned.) The idea of remaking a recent French flick is certainly nothing new, but the horror genre has always had a little more leeway where foreign languages are concerned. And by that I mean this: serious horror fans will deal with subtitles and not complain about it, provided the flick delivers the goods.
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