I’ll give this to my teachers: When they assigned torture porn, they didn’t do half-measures.
I knew of Martyrs by reputation, with the reputation being a mix of “One of the goriest films ever,” and “GAAAAAAHHHHH.” And that got me excited because this was coming from die-hard horror fans; people who have seen the worst of the worst and they were still affected by this film. I was ready to jump in with both feet by watching it in my darkened apartment right before going to bed.
Instead of making me afraid of possible nightmares, Martyrs helped me drift off to sleep by being so boring. [Spoilers and gory images ahead]