High Tension (2003)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 44

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AKA: Haute Tension, Switchblade Romance
Year: 2003
Directed by: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Cecile de France (Marie), Maiwenn (Alex), Philippe Nahon (Killer)
Country: France, European Cinema
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:30:39
Genres: Gore-Gruesome, Kidnapping, Lesbian, Revenge, Violence against Men, Sexual-Violence against Women

Plot – Spoilers:
A couple of French girls, Marie and Alex, drive to Alex’s parents’ place in the country to study over the weekend for some law-related exam. It’s a friendly countryside home and having reached late in the night, the girls decide to crash.

Marie is a little edgy having suffered a scary dream during the drive and shuffles around for a bit before deciding to masturbate herself to sleep. She is roused from her reverie by noises downstairs and wakes to see Alex’s Dad being brutally killed by a huge man. From here begins long sequences of tension as the Killer slaughters members of the family and kidnaps Alex.

Favourite Scenes:
The tension is quite good, but the Dad’s brutal murder is probably the most inventive bit in the movie. Stuffing a guy’s head through the stair rails and knocking it off his torso with a heavy table is quite a neat thing for a killer to do.

Unfortunately, a couple of ridiculous things take the sheen off Haute Tension, like Marie while driving having bat vision to see the killer tauntingly holding out the bullets. Or, where the goddamn truck came from, unless Marie drove it herself there which itself opens out more questions. Ignore stuff like this and Haute Tension is a good watch.

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Mike Ehrmantraut
Mike Ehrmantraut
February 18, 2020 5:00 am

All in all, this is a pretty good flick. Gore, not just for the sake of gore, but along with a compelling story line.

big drip
big drip
September 15, 2020 9:09 pm

the end twist is really unbelievable and ruins the movie for me, I unfortunately have to say. Other than than that, the violence is on point.

October 23, 2020 11:05 pm

I want Mythbusters to do an episode on the whole head / bannister / cabinet beheading thing. Agree that the ‘twist’ was a bit shit though – the film would of been okay to follow the Wolf Creek approach.

January 21, 2021 3:56 am

Wow, great movie! Ending was so unexpected. Never, ever, ever, ever would I have expected that! Great slasher GORE!

Zed Man
Zed Man
March 20, 2021 9:22 am

There are some holes in the plot but who cares, it delivers the goods in terms of blood and gore, and lets face it, its what we are here for. The french are the leaders in gory films, just check out ”Frontieres” and ”Martyrs” among others, there are plenty on this site. Love those french women too. Cheers!

Lotty Da
Lotty Da
September 10, 2021 2:08 am

LOVED this movie, they got the title right, but have to agree the ending wasn’t what it could have been. although definitely a unexpected twist…

ruby rain
ruby rain
October 8, 2021 4:47 am

this pissed me off on a spiritual level bitch!what the fucking shit bitch,how the fuck do you expect me to believe that that brain dead fat fuck figured out that it was that dumbass bitch and that she would come back for that even dumber bitch that only screams.wtf bitch how the f did that stupid truck get behind her on that tiny run down path when there’s literal fucking trees all around and he got behind her that one second she decided she couldn’t see bitch shut yo bitch ass up.this is garbage,some good gore,but plot is dog shit… Read more »

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