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High Tension (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Art House & International movie directed by Alexandre Aja

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  • May 16, 2009
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Just when I thought the Horror industry was in dire need of some great assistance, Aja delivered the goods & saved the day. In fact, he delivered them so well the film garnered an NC-17 rating which is quite impressive. thankfully, we are able to get this unedited version on DVD. High Tension has all the great elements which make a perfect suspense thriller or even great pyshcological Horror masterpiece. There's gore, edgy terror-filled scenes, & even repressed sexuality which works very well. 

High Tension starts off with the lead awaking from a brutal nightmare in which she's running in the woods albeit very bloodied & obviously in need of emergency help. When she awakens, we find her riding with a friend whom she confides how she's always running from herself. Thus, begins the journey through hell as seen by victim & killer simultaneously. For the next 90 minutes, we are plunged into a realm of utter horror & near breakneck suspense as one girl tries to fend off a psychopath who slaughters her friend's entire family & then proceed to kidnap the friend as well.

Aja obviously is no stranger to this style of film-making & I can see a huge future in movie making already in this one debut alone. I could've done without the twist ending but overall I'm impressed. The summer of 2005 saw Horror emerge once again as triumphant with High Tension, Devil's Rejects & Land Of The Dead. When it comes to being scared, Aja knows what frightens you.
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October 22, 2010
Loved this one man, I think it is Aja's best.
October 25, 2010
Again, I couldn't agree with you more. Aja made one other prior to this which I have never seen but he's yet to make anything as good as this. This was also one I couldn't quit talking about. Thanks a million!!!
 
October 31, 2009
yeh. I was turned off by the climax too. You know Aja directed MIRRORS? nice review.
November 03, 2009
I think I prefer the straight-forward slasher approach although still a pretty awesome flick. I've seen Aja's Hills re-make which is chill but haven't watched Mirrors yet. Any good?
 
May 20, 2009
A lot of people were put off by the ending and felt cheated by the killer's identity. I figured it out by what she said when she woke up. sigh.
June 11, 2009
I did too! Wow! I think we are possibly the only two viewers who caught that. I don't know. I'm not really crazy about the "twist" endings per se but I did like this film. Did you enjoy it?
July 29, 2010
90 seconds into the movie! Not even the fake construct convinced me that I was wrong about how the story would go. I felt insulted.
 
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review by . January 19, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****    Alexandre Aja's "High Tension" ("Haute Tension" in its native country of France) is the rare slasher flick that truly draws the line between the exploitation of violence and truly bloodcurdling suspense. Indeed, there is a high body count - and each and every one of those bodies is soaked in blood, mutilated, and perhaps even cut up a bit - but there is also the desire to make the audience wait for big events to unfold. That may seem like a bit of an uneven …
Quick Tip by . January 04, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
If you like your slasher movies not to make sense then this is THE movie for you. But make sure to watch it with the subtitles ON because if you don't speak French then you're going to try to make sense out of it. Better just read the nonsense and bathe in senseless sang du couchon or it could be real people blood, by the time you hit your blood limit you won't care.
review by . November 09, 2008
High Tension (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
High Tension is for horror aficionados only, great cinema it is not. At a horror event, I received some very cool promo material for this movie and couldn't wait for it to come out on DVD. After a sweet titillation near the beginning (head jokes will roll), the movie slows down. Keep watching...it gets better.     Marie (Cecile de France) is invited to visit the French countryside by classmate and pal Alexia (Maiwenn le Besco) and stay with her family at their old French manor …
review by . August 27, 2006
Alexandre Aja takes us to a roller-coaster of horror in a movie that lives up to its name. "Haute Tension" keeps the tension to the max as we see a return to the visceral gory violence without being vulgar or void exploitation. In fact, the film manages to hold a perfect equilibrium between the elegance and beauty of French film-making and brutal grim horror of movies like Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre".    Cécile De France plays Marie, who is visiting her college friend …
review by . February 07, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
After seeing High Tension you start to think why people were making such a big deal about Hostel because this movie goes crazy with the gore. The film was going in a good direction until the amazing but horrible end. The ending is lazy and you'll see what I mean when you see it. Basically your being leaded to believe one thing and that belief is ripped right from under you when they switch everything up. They give the story away very obviously in the beginning and I think they thought nobody was …
review by . February 06, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
After seeing High Tension you start to think why people were making such a big deal about Hostel because this movie goes crazy with the gore. The film was going in a good direction until the amazing but horrible end. The ending is lazy and you'll see what I mean when you see it. Basically your being leaded to believe one thing and that belief is ripped right from under you when they switch everything up. They give the story away very obviously in the beginning and I think they thought nobody was …
review by . November 30, 2005
This is what psycho killer thrillers should be like! Actually INTENSITY, actual fear...actually making the viewer uncomfortable.    Marie and Alexa, two college roommates, are off to visit Alexa's parents in their new country home. Alexa is a bit boy-crazy, and Marie is obviously smitten with her friend. They arrive at the quaint home late at night, briefly meet the parents and little brother, and then go to bed. Suddenly, the peaceful, remote house is descended upon by a true …
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Home to some of the world's best food and fashion, the French also have the wonderful habit of producing some of the world's best movies. WithHigh Tension, French director Alexandre Aja offers up a bloody buffet of terror; a violent concoction of style over substance, with a bloody French twist. Two college girlfriends, Maria and Alex, take a weekend to study at the secluded country home of Alex's parents. Shortly after their arrival, a mysterious killer appears, and things take a shockingly terrible turn for the worse. As the horror and body count rises, Maria and Alex find themselves fighting for their lives, and it's revealed that things are not exactly as they seem. Essentially a one-act cat-and-mouse affair,High Tensionis an explosive bloody thrill ride that rarely lets up. Oozing style in every color-saturated frame and boasting some intense performances, Aja mainly succeeds in sustaining an intense momentum throughout the film. The plot occasionally suffers from a thin, flimsy storyline, and the abundant graphic scenes of violence will either thrill and delight, or simply disgust. Nonetheless, this adrenalin-fueled addition to the genre gives the American slasher flick a real run for its money.High Tensionis high-art horror, and comes highly recommended.--Matt Wold
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Director: Alexandre Aja
Genre: Foreign
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
Runtime: 91 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment
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