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HIGH TENSION is an intense game of murder and survival, which will rattle viewers to their core. Marie and Alexia are classmates and best friends who go to Alexia’s family home in the French countryside hoping to prepare for their college exams in peace and quiet. In the dead of night, a psychotic killer breaks into the house, and with the first swing of his knife, the girl’s idyllic weekend turns into an endless nightmare. When Alexia is captured and thrown into a van, Marie attempts to rescue her friend from the evil murderer. High Tension truly brings slasher films back to their roots with this gore-addled film, packed with blood and guts.
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The story involves a murders that are taking place in a French city that is committed by a serial killer.The victims that are killed are Alex's father,Alex's mother and a store keeper at a gas station.We also get to get to meet Marie,a lesbian who have great love for Alex.Violence predominates the story but nothing is what it seems.The final scene involves Alex looking over Marie over the window at a psychiatric hospital.
No question that this was an extremely violent movie.The violence shown in it was definitely awkward and to the extreme.Too bad that many viewers misjudged it as a bad film due to the plot twist it presented the confused many of the viewers.To have a clear understanding of the film,a viewer just needs to be attentive to it to fully understand the story.Or better yet,watch it a couple of times to fully appreciate its filmmakers' creativity.
The acting is superb, the story is great, and the horror is the real deal... not some crappy teen slasher nonsense. The true beauty of the movie is the how with almost no dialogue you can be terrified. Without the use of over the top characters you can be completely intrigued by the good guys and the bad. The movie is by no means a "gore-fest" but has some gore to it which is done excellently and is in no way an emphasis or driving gimmick to make up for other areas of the movie.
Of all the French horror movies that came out in the mid 2000's this one is my favorite and is the best in my opinion. It by far beats Inside, Frontiers (which sucked), Them (ils), and Martyrs (which I like a lot but is way hardcore), and others I can't think of.
Finally, the best way to watch this film is to watch it in French with US subtitles. The English voice over isn't too bad but the dialogue isn't as good in the English voice over as it is in the English subtitles.
So in all, this is my favorite modern horror film and is not for the faint of heart. If you want to be truly terrified and to have a good horror watching experience this is your film, if not then stick to junk like Return to Sleep Away Camp.
Marie and Alex are college students going to Alex's family farm for some peace and quiet to study. The first evening there, a man shows up, murders the mother, father and child and chains Alex up to take along with him. Marie manages to avoid him and stows away in the back of the man's truck trying to find a way to free Alex. As the movie nears the end there is a big twist, which I'll admit having mixed feelings about. On the one hand it was kind of cool, but if you think about it too much, it doesn't make a lot of sense with the rest of the movie.
This movie is bloody as hell with some very graphic scenes. If you like your horror more psychological this one isn't for you, but if you like your violence painted with buckets of blood, High Tension is a good one.
The guy who plays the killer is a great actor. He is very psychotic and really makes you think he is very capable of committing these crimes. The French have some pretty bizarre stuff out there. I have seen plenty of the "serial killer, torture movies", but I have yet to see a French ghost story.