Movie: Martyrs (2008)
Director: Pascal Laugier
Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin

Without spoiling the underlying theme in French filmmaker Pascal Laugier's divisive 2008 horror film Martyrs, let's explain what happens to the resilient Anna (Morjana Alaoui) on a surface level. She's captured by a malicious group of people, trapped in the basement of an otherwise normal-looking home, routinely beaten, starved, and subjected to a variety of systematic torture methods.

Eventually she's unable to do little more than breathe. Anna is then brought into a surgeon's workplace, completely skinned, and hoisted into a crucifixion-like position and left to naturally die. By which time death is indeed merciful. —MB