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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting addition to the Horror Genre, March 25, 2006
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This review is from: High Tension (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
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

U.S Unrated Version

DVD Introduction with Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur

Haute Horror- Making of High Tension

Building Tension

Giannetto De Rossi: The Truth, The Madness and The Magic

Selected Scenes commentary with Alexandre Aja and Cecile de France

Original French language Director's Cut

U.S. English language dubbed version

Optional English subtitles, Optional Spanish Subtitles and Trailers

Overall Highly recomended, try to get the unrated version.
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Initial post: Jun 19, 2007 3:17:54 AM PDT
Dmaxcleve says:
Thanks for a spot-on review! Because of this I watched and greatly enjoyed the film.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2007 3:44:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2007 3:45:40 AM PDT
Amy Lynn says:
Glad it helped you angel mom :) Thought this one was a good horror movie with unexpected twists. It is a unique film for the genre.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2007 10:22:45 AM PDT
Yes Amy I saw this at a used DVD store for a great price! Took a chance and for NEW horror
it was great!
see ya....YOU!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2007 5:53:14 AM PDT
Amy Lynn says:
Some people didnt like the plot twist towards the end but i thought the movie was pretty good. It had atmosphere and it was different. See ya Clint.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2007 5:44:33 PM PDT
To teel the truth I did not like the ending!
I never been a big fan of the I'M HERE BUT
I'M NOT! I WAS THERE BUT I FORGOT!
Still the middle of this film more than makes
up for that!

Posted on Jul 4, 2009 7:42:19 PM PDT
monkeyboy says:
The ending was sheetthowse. It ruined a potentially good film that would have been one of the better horrors in recent times. Shame as the ending destroyed this film.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 12:47:44 AM PDT
"Ive never seen anything like it before."

Clearly you've never seen Fight Club. It's like the writers of High Tension saw Fight Club, decided to take the basic plot twist and strip away all the significance and style, and turn it into an extremely subpar horror movie. The "plot twist" negates almost entire movie; none of it makes sense after the twist is revealed.

One of the selling points of this movie seems to be its no-holds-barred approach to violence and gore. However, the both were relatively infrequent, and when they were there, they were so over the top that it took me right out of the movie. I'm a fan of extreme gore/violence, but it either has to be believable (Day of the Dead, Hostel, Murder Party) or be part of a production that isn't supposed to be taken seriously (Dead Alive/Braindead, Evil Dead II, The Toxic Avenger). The occasional movie even manages to combine the two (Shaun of the Dead, Undead). High Tension wanted me to take it seriously, but anytime someone was killed it was so unrealistic I couldn't help but laugh.

The pacing was terrible as well. Almost nothing happened for the entire movie. I can appreciate a slow burn, but there has to be a little give and take between the action and the tension. The Shining did this perfectly. High Tension didn't.

I have no idea why this movie got such high praise, while brilliant, inventive horror movies like Murder Party and The Devil's Rejects are largely ignored.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 5:34:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 27, 2010 5:36:40 PM PST
Amy Lynn says:
Yes, I have seen Fight Club...

I don't see the comparison other than the plot twist. Plus, Fight Club wasn't horror and the rest of the plot had nothing to do with Fight Club. I also disagree about the "style and substance" you claim this film lacks. You claim none of it makes sense but it's up to you to determine what exactly happened and what didn't. It made enough sense to me and secondly it dosen't have to make perfect sense to be a good movie.

You say the violence and gore was "infrequent" yet I think when the violence and gore did occur it was extremely good stuff. Very impressive..

What you claim as "nothing happening" is called momentum and build up to a killer twist to me.. I enjoyed the pace.

This movie didn't care if you took it seriously, it is what it is.

It's good and it deserves the high praise it got.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2013 8:45:56 AM PDT
Doug Brunell says:
I agree, Amy. This movie works, though at first I did not like the ending. I immediately went back and watched it again, and it works very well and made sense.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 10:55:04 AM PST
sgriff23456 says:
Does this dvd allow you to only have english subtitles and no dubbing? Or is there no way to turn off the dubbing? I hate dubbing it looks awful.
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