High TensionDirector: Alexandre Aja, Cécile De France, Maïwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon
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.
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- Lions Gate
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Cast & Crew
|Cécile De France||Marie|
|Maïwenn Le Besco||Alex|
|Marco Claudia Pascu||Actor|
|Jean-Claude de Goros||Actor|
|Pierre Andre||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Emmanuel Augeard||Sound/Sound Designer|
|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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This movie is a blatant rip off of Dean R. Koontz superior work Intensity (both book and tv movie). Without that knowledge, it is good for what it intends to be. I just think the makers of this movie should ackowledge from whom they stole.
Best friends Marie and Alex, decide to venture off to Alex's parent's farm to take some time off from college and study. Unknown to them, another visitor has decided to drop by, a visitor equipped with all sorts of sharp tools, and murder on their mind. But nothing can come between Marie and Alex's friendship, as the night wears on and the blood flows, not even death.
I absolutely loved this movie. It had everything a horror movie needs: lots of blood, lots of suspense, someone going around killing people, and an awesome ending. This may be in my list of top 3 favorite horror movies!
I thought the movie was good, i was dissapointed at the end tho, found it a little hard to believe but whatever, it was good as far as gore goes, it was wicked. Im sure the un cut version is way better.
(Originally written April 17, 2006) I do not normally review movies. Books are usually my thing. And I know that this has been discussed in other reviews. But after seeing "High Tension," I just HAVE to agree and throw in my two cents. The only reason this film is getting 3 stars from me is because the acting was pretty good, and the film makers certainly knew how to build visual tension. I hereby acknowledge their skill in those departments. Now, having said that ... this movie is such a BLATANT rip off of Dean R. Koontz's novel, "Intensity," it is not even funny. Other people have commented that Koontz should sue for plagiarism, but I am sincerely baffled that he has not already done so! The first three fourths (maybe a little more) of the movie are point for point, step by step directly the same as Koontz's novel. Oh, the fine details were different, but no more so than ANY novel adapted into a movie. If you were to write a simple synopsis of the plot of the majority of this movie, you could easily pass it off as a book report on "Intensity." The movie follows the book (with ironic loyalty) until the final act, or what would have been roughly half way through the novel. Then, the movie takes a left turn that is INTENDED to mimic the twists of such films as "The Sixth Sense" or "The Usual Suspects" or "Fight Club." Sadly, it was nowhere near as successfully executed as any of those films. They were so desperate to create a twist that no one could out guess that it simply made no logical sense at all. The truly sad thing is ... Hollywood now cannot make an adaptation of the great novel "Intensity." Because those viewers not in the know would (oh IRONY!) think that such a film was a "rip off" of "High Tension." Sad ... very sad.