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High Tension (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Cécile De France , Maïwenn , Alexandre Aja  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cécile De France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Andrei Finti
  • Directors: Alexandre Aja
  • Writers: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur
  • Producers: Alexandre Arcady, Andrei Boncea, Inigo Lezzi, Luc Besson, Mehdi Sayah
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "High Tension (Unrated Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Home to some of the world's best food and fashion, the French also have the wonderful habit of producing some of the world's best movies. With High Tension, French director Alexandre Aja offers up a bloody buffet of terror; a violent concoction of style over substance, with a bloody French twist. Two college girlfriends, Maria and Alex, take a weekend to study at the secluded country home of Alex's parents. Shortly after their arrival, a mysterious killer appears, and things take a shockingly terrible turn for the worse. As the horror and body count rises, Maria and Alex find themselves fighting for their lives, and it's revealed that things are not exactly as they seem. Essentially a one-act cat-and-mouse affair, High Tension is an explosive bloody thrill ride that rarely lets up. Oozing style in every color-saturated frame and boasting some intense performances, Aja mainly succeeds in sustaining an intense momentum throughout the film. The plot occasionally suffers from a thin, flimsy storyline, and the abundant graphic scenes of violence will either thrill and delight, or simply disgust. Nonetheless, this adrenalin-fueled addition to the genre gives the American slasher flick a real run for its money. High Tension is high-art horror, and comes highly recommended. --Matt Wold

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Cecile de France, Philippe Nahon. A group of college girls are terrified by a knife-wielding maniac who invades their secluded French farmhouse. Written and directed by Alexandre Aja. 2003/color/95 min/NR.

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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tension so thick you could cut it with a knife. June 9, 2006
The feature film breakout from French director Alexandre Aja is just the kind of grueling and grisly splatter-fest you won't soon forget. However, "High Tension" (or "Haute Tension," if you prefer) is more than just gore galore with a stylistic touch; it's also a psychological horror that not only plays with your mind, but alters your expectations of what a horror movie could and should be as well.

In the film, best friends and college students Alex and Marie find their vacation in a remote farmhouse owned by Alex's parents cut short when a mysterious man in a grungy overalls welcomes himself in. After the family is dispatched of and the man kidnaps Alex in his creepy Scooby-Doo van, Marie pursues him on a roadtrip that finds the carnage mounting as the tension builds, capping off in an unforgettable conclusion.

Proving to be a true master of horror, Alexandre Aja combines arresting visuals with disturbing imagery to concoct a bold piece of cinema that takes the genre to a whole new level. Among its accomplishments, this film marks the beginning of the French horror boom that eventually gave way to the director's fruitful career in the United States, directing the successful remake of The Hills Have Eyes. It's a tough film to discuss without giving too much away, but rest assured, its effects will linger for days after seeing it. It's a film that begs to be seen twice as there is so much to digest and the film leads you to believe it's something it's not the first go-round. Crammed full of suspense, gore and style, "High Tension" is the kind of film that more than lives up to its name.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting addition to the Horror Genre March 25, 2006
High tension is a new and interesting horror film recently released. Ive never seen anything like it before. They dont call it High Tension for nothing, thats for sure. The whole movie will have you on the edge of your seat and there is more than the fair share of shocks and suprises throughout the film. The overall atmosphere has a lonesome creepy feeling about it, full of cornfields, seclusion and quietness. Gorehounds will love this, there is tons of gore and the ending will suprise the hell out of you. There are very few horror films that can shock you in such a way where you literally jump out of your seat but this one has its moments.

Setting,France. The story surrounds Alex and Marie, 2 college students who retreat to Alex's parents isolated farm house looking to study for their college exams for the weekend. While everyone in the house settles in for the night, Marie is in bed when she starts to hear sounds and sees a truck pull up. Soon enough a homicidal maniac breaks in the home and from there its a non-stop rollercoaster ride of terror. And then the twist at the end..

This is a movie that shouldnt be missed by fans of the horror genre. It revels in its gore and has a smart edge to it.

High Tension is partially dubbed into english but for a lot of the movie you dont need subtitles. Noone says a word and the actions say it all.

Unrated version DVD Features-

16:9 Widescreen

5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psycho Killer, Qu'est-ce qu c'est? November 30, 2005
Alejandre Aja serves up a sulphurously nasty little gut-churner of a horror flick that finally answers the age-old burning question: is there anything hotter than a buff chick wielding a buzz-saw?

A: Absolutement, non!

Now: is it possible to conjure up a pure, nightmarish gem of a horror movie, perhaps even a *perfect* horror movie, within the space of about an hour?

It is: Aja has done it with "Haute Tension", which---for its first 60 minutes, perhaps a little more---positively boils over with knuckle-splitting suspense and runs crimson with boatloads of brains, blood, and clotted gore.

While "Haute Tension" works, it works in spades. Here we have an athletic, spare, no-bullsh*t little horror flick that drives up to your house in the dead of night (while you're just getting into that "I gotta be dreaming" state of deep-groggy-helplessness), smashes your door down, stomps up your stairs, and butchers you like a squealing hog before you've even gotten your jammy-clad butt clear of the bedclothes.

"Haute Tension" is a compact, stylish, jarring, gorgeously shot, supply terrifying little tale of a happy little family and their visitor Marie (the astonishingly nubile Cecille de France, who can wield her buzz-saw on my country estate any time), enjoying a quiet, slightly rustic life in the French countryside, and what becomes of them one night when a Monster comes calling.

Is it possible to destroy that perfect film within 10 seconds?

Mais oui!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Twist and Turn
You notice I didn't say TwistS and TurnS. The twist and turn it does have are good ones. It gets close to being down my alley but doesn't quite make it BUT, it's worth a watch.
Published 1 month ago by Tommyk
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
It's an ok horror flick, don't like that it's dubbed in English, better then subtitles but just annoying when there mouths don't match the words coming out.
Published 2 months ago by Leanne Hersevoort
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done modern slasher with a twist!
I'm an old-school horror junkie. It is rare that I can appreciate any modern attempt at a slasher film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GSD
3.0 out of 5 stars It seems like it would be okay if
I would have watched it. this is another one of those mysterious purchases that neither my spouse or myself remember. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terence
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Movie
This is one of my all-time favorite scary movies! Very twisted! I still get scared even though I've seen this movie 10+ times!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Non-sens existentiel
Did anyone honestly find this movie clever? Imagine watching 'The Hitcher' (the 1985 version, s'il vous plait) dubbed in French while 'Single White Female' plays loudly in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho killer qu'est-ce que cest!
High Tension is a great horror film that lives up to it's name and has both the heart, brains and soul of a worthy addition to the genre! Read more
Published 4 months ago by anonymous rogue
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Given the hype, I found it quite slow moving and rather dull. I love the terror that can be inspired by a good horror flick, and this simply did not scare me one bit. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JA
5.0 out of 5 stars Haute Tensíon....
Omg can I say how big of a fangirl I am for Ms. Cécile De France. This was my first time watching this film. I knew the outcome from people spoiling it for me. ... Read more
Published 5 months ago by I. Raquel R.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Films Ever
This movie starts of off so calmly, as i guess most horror movies do, but tension ramps up so vehemently it practically jars you out your seat. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Johnny O. Nwagwu
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please explain!!! (high tension)
OH!!! I just realised I watched the uncut French release called Haute Tension.. no dubbing no censorship. I heard the movie sucks in dubbed English and loads of scenes were taken out.
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