In. High Tension Hide Spoilers. The hype surrounding this French film was pretty high but I left with very mixed emotions. The film works as a throwback to the 's High tension masturbation scene in the fact that it's very gritty, features some nudity, it's perverted and has all sorts of gore.
All of this stuff is fine but when it comes to violence I think there's a very fine line that you can't cross and this film crosses that line way too many times. I enjoy horror films but if they cross that line I become a bit less interested. The violence is so strong and graphic that, to me, it takes away what's "fun" about a horror film. The tension works quite nicely throughout most of the film but I've always felt gore and scares don't mix and that's another problem.
Every time things started to get tense we'd get some great gore effect that really took away the scares. The film is vile and repulsive, which is fine on one end but it doesn't mix too well with the other. I'd probably dislike the film even more had it not been for the good performances, great score and very good direction.
There's so much that I loved with the film but there's also way too much stuff that I didn't care for. As for the ending, I don't buy the excuses made by some of the members at this very forum.
I thought the ending tries way too hard to be a "great trick ending" that it shoots itself in the foot. I might enjoy the film more on a second viewing. I think it tries to go for scares ala The Texas Chainsaw Massacre but the gore really stands in the way, although the effects are great. Was this review helpful?
SnoopyStyle 30 September Marie and Alex drive to spend a couple of days on Alex's parents' farm. Marie has a crush on her best friend Alex. Everybody is sleeping while Marie masturbates. Someone rings the doorbell.
Alex's father answers the door and is killed. One by one, her family is slaughtered. Alex is chained up and taken. The phone is cut. Marie goes unnoticed by the killer and sneaks onto the truck. This is bloody and violent. It's brutal once the blood starts splattering. It's an ultra-violent French horror and fairly effective as a brutal blood fest. Then there comes the twist.
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This twist is getting a little tired and overused. It's not that well constructed in this case. The twist becomes something tacked on out of nowhere. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father.
Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family including their dog and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chasing the maniac and disclosing his identity in the end.
The beginning of "Haute Tension" is similar to other slash movies, with a sadistic murderer slashing the whole family including the little boy and the dog. However, after the surprising twist where the identity of the killer is disclosed, I found "Haute Tension" an excellent horror movie, with a brilliant screenplay, actually one of the best in the slash genre ever. My vote is eight.
Two girls go to stay at one of the girl's parents' homes. But later that night, a serial rapist and killer breaks into the home to kill the family like he's done to many families before. But he doesn't know this new girl Marie is in the house Alexandre Aja is a name to watch.
I saw "Hills Have Eyes" before I watched this, and it blew me away. I just had to see this earlier film, which came recommended to me from some of the most trusted people in my circle of horror buffs. Boy, was I not disappointed. If Aja keeps up his intensity from this film and from "Hills" in his future films, he's going to be one of the greats. Many horror films center around strong female le. This is called the "final girl" plot. But Marie is one of the strongest I've seen, not just avoiding death but always being right in the thick of it. The gore is respectable. It doesn't reach the levels of "Hills", but there's a really great blood spray scene involving a closet and there's an oral sex scene with a decapitated head.
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I think once you see that, it really sets the tone. I knew at that point this film had potential. I enjoyed the very subtle lesbian vibe the film gave off. Well, maybe not subtle.
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But I was under the impression from the very beginning there was a lesbian vibe and I think this played out well. It becomes a little more clear towards the end, but keeping me and the audience guessing was a nice touch.
My only concern was with the ending, which I can't go into here. All I will say is that some will love it, some will hate it, and it may or may not make sense for everyone.
I'm still left with some questions. That concern aside, I loved this one. The gore, the women, the action, the suspense and the car chase scene very well done. Aja takes what is best about horror and really pushes it to the absolute limit. Worth a second and third viewing beyond a doubt. For the first sixty minutes or so, Haute Tension is an uncompromising, brutal, nerve-shredding, edge-of-the-seat thriller—not surprising since virtually every one of those minutes is a blatant steal from Dean Koontz's brilliant, brutal, nerve-shredding, edge of the seat novel Intensity.
Unfortunately, after the hour mark, director Alexandre Aja gradually steers his narrative away from Koontz's novel, presumably in a futile effort to disguise his plagiarism, and the film slowly falls apart, culminating in a ridiculous twist ending that makes a mockery of all that we have seen thus far.
For fans of Intensity, it's a particularly frustrating experience: not just because the Koontz receives absolutely no credit for his work, but also because Aja's handling of the author's material is so good. If only Aja had adapted the whole of Koontz's book preferably with the author's approval High tension masturbation scene, we might have had one of the greatest horror movies of all time; instead, we get an hour of absolutely stonking stuff the opening home invasion, in particular, is flawlessly handled and amazingly gorywhich are followed by twenty more minutes of reasonably solid cat-and-mouse action, and then that bloody awful finale.
Worth a watch especially for gore-houndsbut impossible to wholeheartedly endorse.
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Lesbian-tending Cecile de France as Marie gets herself invited to spend the weekend with straight pal Maiwenn Le Besco as Alexafter the latter spends a sexually satisfying evening with a one-night male pick-up. The partying students are planning to study, though Ms.
Sadly, Ms. Le Besco isn't tempted to go girl-on-girl with her friend. Instead, de France spies on Le Besco undressing to shower, and beds down to masturbate. Unfortunately, she is interrupted by an unexpected visitor. It's bloodthirsty serial killer Philippe Nahon as Le tueur!
One good thing you can say about this film, by director Alexandre Aja with Gregory Levasseur, is that you can watch it in any language thus, the original French is preferred and still understand everything there is to understand. Most of "Haute tension" needs no dialogue. That doesn't stop the last act from driving a crowbar through the heart of the story, however; the film suffers from implausible story developments.
And, even if you accept the main plot turn, you've got to wonder about the filmmakers' thesis. Aja and his team will certainly satisfy your bloodlust, though. Coventry 16 February I vividly remember being there during the theater-release of this film inhere in the French speaking part of Belgium, but it took another two years until it was unleashed upon on the American market before "Haute Tension" became the gigantic cult bomb it is today.
Well, better late than never because, if there really is ONE recently released horror movie that deserves the full attention of every avid genre fan on this planet, it's Alexandre Aja's sensational breakthrough project. It's a simple yet effective story with lo of genuine suspense, sublime choreography and a lot of gory shock-moments that can easily be considered as classic already.
The story starts off as any ordinary B-thriller, with female friends Marie and Alex driving towards the countryside to stay at Alex' parental house.