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Year
2008
Runtime
99 min.
Director
Pascal Laugier
Genre
Horror
Rating *
7.1
Votes *
46,261
Checks
6,167
Favs
537
Dislikes
206
Favs/checks
8.7% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
3:1
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  1. DrWade42's avatar

    DrWade42

    One of my all time favorite horror movies, and the most disturbing movie I've ever seen. The acting is fantastic, you care about the main characters, and it genuinely terrified me. You can call the second half pseudo-intellectual and pretentious, but I disagree. It's a movie about pain and what people will do to justify inflicting pain on others. The villains have a motivation. The characters might be pseudo-intellectual, but not the movie itself. spoiler 4 years 5 months ago
  2. badge's avatar

    badge

    You can dress this up as much as you like and put a bow on it, but it's still just torture porn. 6 years 1 month ago
  3. ChrisReynolds's avatar

    ChrisReynolds

    Intensely nihilistic and sadistic. It's not out to give you a lecture or leaven things with humour - just straight horror from beginning to end. And I think the point it makes at the end is reasonably well done - pain and horror can be transcendant for the watchers of horror films and this is conveyed through the metaphor of a cult of pain.

    There are certainly problems with the third act, which wobbles badly with too much exposition, lessening the feeling of terror by explaining things, but overall this stands as an important and very good, though flawed, achievement in horror film-making.
    5 years 2 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #40 in MovieSense 101
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  2. This movie ranks #92 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  3. This movie ranks #104 in Tim Dirks's 100+ Most Controversial Films of All-Time
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  4. This movie ranks #119 in A.V. Club's The New Cult Canon
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  5. This movie ranks #237 in FOK!'s Film Top 250
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  6. This movie ranks #509 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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