HORROR OCTORBOR! Martyrs (2008)


HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR continues this week, as we (along with ten-time guest Derek Jarvis) take a look at one of the most extreme foreign horror films around – 2008’s Martyrs! A shining, bloody example of the French New Extremity movement, Martyrs deals with a young victim of trauma (Mylene Jampanoi) and her supportive friend (Morjana Alaoui) as they confront the presence of a cult that seeks to find transcendence through extreme pain. The results are grossifying and not for the weak-stomached, but we’ve got a custom cocktail and drinking rules to help you survive this insane film! Is it torture porn? Is it art? Can it be both? Find out below!

(Special thanks to our sponsor Iron Galaxy – and their upcoming game Capsule Force – as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Stars and Martyrs

martyrs cocktail

Like Martyrs, this is the Frenchest thing ever. ‘Nuff said.

2 parts French brandy
dash, genepi*
2 parts Pineau des Charantes
1 part Cointreau
dash, lemon juice

Rinse brandy snifter with a splash of genepi (swirl it in the glass then empty it out). Add remaining ingredients in snifter and serve neat.


  1. Every time someone is cut
  2. Whenever you actually see the face of Anna’s torturers
  3. Any time you see the Chair de Merde (the chair with the hole and bucket so the victims can do their business)


Mademoiselle says, “Keep doubting, Etienne.”

Join us next week as we finish up HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR with the Guillermo Del Toro horror-fantasy The Devil’s Backbone!

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