Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book. The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West. If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction.
Alright, I'm taking a deep breath for this one. I know that I'm not alone in being traumatized by Pascal Laugier's 2008 film, Martyrs. In fact, Alexandra West kicks off her chapter on this movie by acknowledging it and Irreversible are the two most infamous films to come out of the New French Extremity. I knew before watching it that Martyrs would be one that I'd need to brace myself for given it's reputation. But I wasn't ready, readers. I just wasn't ready.