Let Me Make You a Martyr
Sponsored by Heavy Montréal
Montreal Special Screening ‒ Hosted by Producer/Actor Marilyn Manson, Directors Corey Asraf and John Swab, Actors Sam Quartin, Niko Nicotera and Slaine, and additional members of the Cast and Production
Drew Glass is back in town and it’s about to hit the fan. Upon his return, he crosses paths with his adoptive father/local crime boss, his crack-addicted adopted sister/lover, a dope-slinging trailer park attendant, a blind priest with a secret, a missing little girl, and a reclusive hit man for hire. Each step brings new challenges as Drew is quickly tangled up in his past with the town.
Starring an almost unrecognizable Marilyn Manson and SONS OF ANARCHY standouts Mark Boone Junior and Niko Nicotera, LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR is a crime-flick love-story-melodrama hybrid that gushes style without forgetting the substance. Shot on location in Oklahoma, the cinematography captures the sublime grotesqueness of a decrepit Midwestern town. Never satisfied with being just a backwoods thriller, the film juxtaposes its genre roots with issues and ideas ranging from child abuse to life after death. A film that dares us to walk away thinking about more than funky soul music, murderous thugs, and muscle cars (all of which, mind you, are still in the movie).
LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR is the first feature film from Corey Asraf and John Swab, taking five years to complete. The pair has made a film that betrays the dull, drab camerawork of most indies being released today. By injecting their story with a genre-hopping boldness, the film skips over worn-out clichés and stereotypes that populate so many modern crime films. Fantasia is proud to introduce the world to a distinct new voice in the world of independent filmmaking (and a Marilyn Manson performance that demands more acting roles for the artist).
— Devin Mendenhall