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High Tension (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
High Tension
Unrated Widescreen Edition
Actors: Cécile De France, Maïwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Andrei Finti
Director: Alexandre Aja
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2005     1hr 31min

Female students staying at a parent's country home to study and relax find themselves in trouble when a mysterious knife-wielding stranger appears.

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Actors: Cécile De France, Maïwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Andrei Finti
Director: Alexandre Aja
Creators: Maxime Alexandre, Alexandre Aja, Baxter, Al Rundle, Sophie Vermersch, Andrei Boncea, Grégory Levasseur
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/11/2005
Original Release Date: 06/10/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 06/10/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, French, Italian
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

George P.
Reviewed on 10/9/2015...
I enjoyed the movie enough, certainly didn't turn it off, but I think it's overrated. Nothing new or special, and it's definitely a one-time viewing. The so-called "twist" ending has been done several times before, and the gore fx that are getting so much praise were not anything remotely special. The decapitation of the father was the worst effect of this kind that I've seen in years. Some of the blood squirting was as bad as Tom Savini's weakest efforts in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. The killer's psycho truck felt like a ripoff of Jeepers Creepers. Ultimately, I think the simplicity of the film doesn't really warrant any attempt at a surprise ending. We didn't learn much of anything about the characters to really care about such a twist, and I think it probably would have been better overall had they just stuck with the story as it was going and drop the unnecessary attempt at throwing the viewer a curve ball. That truly would have been more interesting and brutal. 2.5/5 Stars
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 9/16/2011...
High Tension is a hardcore slasher film from France...and it delivers a punch! Two young women are vistiing with one girl's family in the countryside. What they don't know is a serial killer has been watching the house...and he unleashes terror with a home invasion in the middle of the night. After a gruesome murder spree, he takes one of the girls as his prisoner. The other, after evading murder and capture, sets out to free her friend and stop the maniac. But can she do it without being killed herself. What sets this apart from your average slasher film is the fact that the characters are smart. This isn't one of those films where the victims walk bissfully to their deaths. The characters struggle and fight for their lives...intelligently. There is one downside to this movie, which is the only reason I can't give it five has a "twist" ending that spoils the rest of the least for me. Watch it and be your own judge, though. It's a really good horror film.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mark A. (metalmaniac777) from VERMONTVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 12/5/2010...
This movie pretty much kickstarted the new wave of extreme French horror that has since continued with the likes of Inside & Martyrs. Yes, it contains more crackling tension than many horror films, but what really makes it stand out is the intensely-graphic gore/violence (which earned the flick an NC-17 rating) and the you'll-never-see-it-coming twist ending, which you will either love or loathe. Don't even bother with the heavily-neutered R-rated theatrical version...stick to this "Unrated" edition and enjoy the decapitations, slashed throats, bludgeonings, impalements, and power-saw carnage in all their crimson-spraying glory.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.