Haute tension AKA Switchblade Romance AKA High Tension [2003] Movie Review Recommendation

Haute tension AKA Switchblade Romance AKA High Tension [2003]

The French horror is something that I always enjoy watching; starting with the nineties we can see the increase in quality horror movies coming to us from Europe. The Norwegian, French, Spanish and German in particular. In the meantime, in the US and A, they are mostly recycling hits from the seventies and eighties with very few okay flicks. In this seventies slasher tribute the weakest link is the plot, and I must say that I did not appreciate the twists and all that crap, it is too cliche. But for the sake of lots of blood and gruesome scenes, let us continue. It would be much cooler if the script remained the trashy classic.

Marie and Alexa are two best friends who travel to a remote farm to study for the following exams, but, as you guessed, a crazed killer will change their plans. And I must say that the opening scene with the killer is pure perfection, just simple blood squirting perfection. Speaking of squirting, there will be a lot of that, and some pretty gory scenes, so be prepared. The atmosphere goes back and forth from thriller to horror, with Aja’s impeccable pacing. This enabled Haute Tension to keep the momentum going and not fall victim to classic horror mistakes with violence/blood overload. With a better plot this could have been one of the cult European movies, this way it will be interesting as Alexandre Aja’s early work and a decent slasher tribute.

Director: Alexandre Aja

Cast: Cécile De France, Maïwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Andrei Finti, Oana Pellea

Fun Stuff: Cécile De France trained with a Thai boxer to get in shape for her physically demanding role. The only studio filming done was shooting the scenes between Marie and Alexia inside the killer’s truck. The studio itself was merely a garage.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338095/

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