Director: Pascal Laugier
Martyrs tells a story of two girls who exact their revenge from their abusive past only to find life goes from bad to worse when this search for revenge leads to a depraved secret organisation on a quest for knowledge.
Martyrs is a brutal, unforgiving French film that is perfect for fans of gory psychological horror and one you shan’t forget in a hurry whether you like those sorts of films or not.
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Devil’s Due (2014)
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
While on their honeymoon, a couple bumps into a psychic who gives them a premonition. After getting drunk in a strange underground bar the female of the couple finds out she is pregnant. Instead of the smooth sailing into motherhood, she and her husband find out the pregnancy might not be all that it appears.
This one is a nice twist on the usual supernatural horror film and sees a mother’s protection extend to the demonic forces of evil.
Director: Paco Plaza
A Spanish horror film with a new take on the Ouija narrative, Veronica sees the titular character and her school friends use an Ouija board whilst a solar eclipse is taking place; an act that releases a demonic force into her body.
Based on a supposed true story, this young girl must protect herself and her young siblings from her own possession and, along with a blind Nun called Sister Death, she must find a way to return this demon back to the hell it came from.
A possession film which shares similarities to films such as Carrie, this is another great example of why you shouldn’t mess with Ouija boards.
Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom
A couple have a car accident which results in the death of a girl on the road. Frightened, the couple leaves her where she landed thinking that would be the end of it, but this is only the beginning as photographer boyfriend Tun begins to see a haunting figure in the background of his photos.
Girlfriend Jen feels there is more than meets the eye and investigates the girl, revealing some damning secrets linked to her boyfriend and unravelling the tale of a vengeful spirit hell bent on haunting the pair.
This film was remade for an American audience in 2008 after the success of the original Thai film, but it does not hold the eerie quality of the original.