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It does for Acrophobia what The Descent did for Claustrophobia. It takes that fear and runs with it making the film interesting and scary before we are ever introduced to the unforeseen terror in the form of a crazed disfigured mountain freak.
When we as a viewer go into the psycho's Lair it is very poorly lit and hard to make out some of the things that are happening,I was able to see enough to figure out what was up but I wanted to see more.What I could make out were hanging lamps made out of human heads,lots of body parts and somewhere you wouldn't want to visit. The effects were well done and not over the top but enough to satisfy us Slasher lovers appetite for carnage.
Just as in the Descent in the beginning of their adventure they show a group photo being taken and at the end of the film they show the same photo of everyone, arms around each others shoulders looking carefree and happy.That to me was a direct rip off,this is in no way a spoiler.
There is some jealous boyfriend and Ex boyfriend drama that weaves it's way into the plot and I found it to be useful in creating more tension and extreme circumstances.
There is no explanation given for the origin of the villain But instead focus on flashbacks of an experience that happened to one of the main characters "Fanny Valette" who is a nurse .I suppose it was suppose to be the big "OH I GET IT" moment" when all is revealed, but it was much ado about little, in my opinion.There are some very good fight for survival scenes and power struggles .I really wanted to love this movie because crazed wilderness freaks are one of my favorite Slasher sub genres,ala,Wrong Turn,The Hills Have eyes,Just Before Dawn etc.I give it 3 and 1/2 stars..
The climbers see that the pass is closed but go anyway, a classic beginning to a nature horror movie where nature enthusiasts bite off more than they can chew. It seems like it will be easy going since this mountain is equipped for safe climbing complete with ladder rungs wedged deep into the mountain and steel safety cords to hook onto. Everyone is wearing safety harnesses with double lanyard hooks so this should be simple, right?
The first setback besides the pass being closed is that Loïc clearly has a fear of heights combined with vertigo that he is attempting to hide from the group to keep his pride intact in front of his girlfriend, Chloé's ex, Guilliaume who is still in love with her. The action begins fast and one accident after another occurs until it becomes clear these are not just accidents and someone is out to get these hikers.
I already have a pretty established fear of heights so watching even the "fun" portions of their trip was enough to tie my stomach in knots. The movie gets more intense as every worse case scenario begins to enfold on them. The tension between the ex-boyfriend and the new boyfriend is heated up by the stress of trying to find a way out despite losing group members. It is a shorter film, only one hour and twenty minutes so there is no wasted screen time dwelling on talking about feelings or back story when the situation is so much more dire than that. This is a terrifying movie that tensed me up considerably throughout!!
It's a nicely paced tense action-horror-thriller. The five main characters did well with their standard roles that they had. Some of it is surprisingly bloody and gory, and the ending, while somewhat expected, had a nice irony to it.
It is very similar to "The Descent", as another reviewer pointed out, which is one of my favorite films. "High Lane" is worth your time, I've seen way worse. Good effort.
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This is quite a cool French movie (with English subtitles) that is a real thriller even before the horror movie part of it kicks in. Read morePublished 17 days ago by James N Simpson
“High Lane” is a French horror movie made in 2009 about five people who go hiking/mountain climbing in the mountains of Croatia. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by The Straw Man
I got this as a gift for my brother because it is quite exciting in places. The price was right, and it arrived and, so far as I know, played ok.Published on May 6, 2013 by Michael P. Vaiana
This film has all the very predictable cliff hanging moments, very predictable violent moments, blended with fairly interesting mountain climbing footage. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Natja K.
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The first thirty minutes of <em>Vertige</em>, released in America as <em>High Lane</em>, are by far the... Read more
High Lane (original title: Vertige) tries to pack the action and thrills of two different horror films into one. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Daniel Jolley
When this movie concerns the perils of mountain climbing, it ascends to near excellence. The character infos are concise and pertinent, and the action gets quickly under way. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by Carolyn Paetow