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We brave the brutal and nasty French horror film “Martyrs” and explore why it’s often cited as one of the greatest horror films of all time.


On this episode of The Final Girl on 6th Ave, host Carolyn Smith-Hilmmer takes a deep dive into the unforgettably harrowing psychological horror film Martyrs, part of the New French Horror Extremity movement. This terrifying, relentlessly brutal, and painful film is hard to watch. But it’s also essential viewing for hardcore horror fans who aren’t afraid to brave the depths of depravity to discover a remarkable piece of deeply affecting art. – Stephanie (Editor-in-Chief)


In terms of films that have impacted my life, this one might take the cake. MARTYRS (2008) is a journey into the impact of the trauma suffered by Lucie and her lifelong best friend, Anna, after Lucie tasks Anna with cleaning up a home invasion that ends up in a family annihilation. Join me as I discuss what it means to be a martyr and how the afterlife may not be what you imagine it is.



New French Horror/Extremity:


The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a weekly show where host, Carolyn Smith-Hillmer, dissects an arthouse/elevated horror film. Each episode includes a detailed play-by-play of the film itself and a subsequent deep dive into the thematic elements and symbolism. Because elevated horror is sometimes viewed within the horror community as pretentious, Carolyn makes sure to use her down-to-earth tone and unique perspective to make these films less intimidating for the casual horror viewer and less ostentatious for the genre lover.

Listen to more episodes on the show’s website here

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