High Tension

High Tension

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Director: Alexandre Aja

Cast: Alexandre Aja, Cécile De France, Maïwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon

     
 

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French filmmaker Alexandre Aja writes and directs the slasher film Haute Tension, given the English title Switchblade Romance. Best friends Marie (Cécile De France) and Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) go out to the countryside to visit Alex's parents. However, a homicidal delivery man (played by Philippe Nahon from Gaspar Noé's brutal movies) ends up at theirSee more details below

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French filmmaker Alexandre Aja writes and directs the slasher film Haute Tension, given the English title Switchblade Romance. Best friends Marie (Cécile De France) and Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) go out to the countryside to visit Alex's parents. However, a homicidal delivery man (played by Philippe Nahon from Gaspar Noé's brutal movies) ends up at their house and starts killing everyone. Alex and Marie fight for their lives with help from several means of weaponry. Switchblade Romance was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival as part of the Midnight program. The film was aquired by US distributor Lions Gate Films in 2004 and quickly put into turnaround as an NC-17 release, though plans for that were scrapped due to a lack of theater support of the controversial rating. Retitled High Tension, the R-rated version is missing one minute of grisly gore and features a redubbed audio track by star Cécile De France.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A relentless, stalk-and-slash fright-fest with a heart-pounding pace as brutal as its husky, truck-driving killer, French director Alexandre Aja's gory sophomore feature will no doubt please fear junkies in search of a truly visceral horror experience. Aja keeps thinks viciously organic by eschewing the current CG-obsession by employing the brutally realistic effects of makeup-effects artist Giannetto De Rossi (a favorite of late gore meister Lucio Fulci) -- an asset that makes the violence all the more disturbing and realistic. Of course, with a film that moves as fast as Haute Tension, there's little time for such distractions as character development or dialogue, but -- as is rarely the case in many similar films -- viewers will never doubt the actions taken by the killer's tough-as-nails prey. Much has been said regarding Haute Tension's love-it-or-hate-it "surprise" twist, and while it seems as if Aja and co-screenwriter Gregory Levasseur at least attempt to remain faithful to the revelation, even dropping an occasional hint for the savvy viewer, the awkward revelation may ultimately derail the entire endeavor for less forgiving viewers. There may be little new here for those who follow the genre, but by keeping the pacing tight and the squirm factor high, Aja has crafted a lean, mean, and unrelentingly tense film that quickly grabs the viewer by the throat and doesn't loosen its grip until the credits scroll.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2010
UPC:
0031398125853
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
24,639

Special Features

Commentary with Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur; Selected scenes commentary with Alexandre Aja and Cécile De France; Haute horror - making of High Tension; Building tension ; Giannetto De Rossi: the truth, the madness and the magic

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cécile De France Marie
Maïwenn Le Besco Alex
Philippe Nahon Actor
Franck Khalfoun Actor
Andrei Finti Actor
Oana Pellea Actor
Marco Claudia Pascu Actor
Jean-Claude de Goros Actor

Technical Credits
Alexandre Aja Director,Screenwriter
Maxime Alexandre Cinematographer
Pierre Andre Sound/Sound Designer
Alexandre Arcady Producer
Emmanuel Augeard Sound/Sound Designer
Baxter Editor
Robert Benmussa Producer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup Special Effects
Francois Eudes Score Composer
Gregory Levasseur Production Designer,Screenwriter
Didier Lozahic Sound/Sound Designer
Theodor Halacu Nicon Asst. Director

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