Martyrs is a 2016 American horror film directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz and written by Mark L. Smith. It is a reboot of Pascal Laugier’s 2008 film of the same name.en-year-old Lucie (Troian Bellisario) flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna (Bailey Noble), a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them.
The project dates back to at least 2008 with the director of the original, Pascal Laguier negotiating for the rights for an American remake. Daniel Stamm was set to direct at this time but later dropped out due to budgetary concerns. Specifically he worried about “plateauing”, saying that “if you’re a filmmaker who makes two movies in the same budget bracket, that becomes your thing. You are the guy for the $3 million movie, and then that’s all you do”, further elaborating that his agent advised him against making the film for this reason.
Screenwriter Mark L. Smith had stated that he tried to avoid showing as much of the violence on screen as possible which he stated resulted in “less about watching someone be tortured and more about trying to save a friend.” he has stated that he chose this route because ” it’s more just my taste.” Early on Kristen Stewart was considered for a role, though her presence in the film was later denied by Stamm.