High Tension (2003) - Horror

Hohum Score

10

Engaging

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn
Length: 91 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 99 out of 568 found boring (17.42%)

One-line Reviews (393)

In short, don't waste your money on this film.

I'm not sure whether the screenwriter was just being stupid or lazy when he threw in the so-called "twist," but in any case, he basically took an already stupid cliché and made it even more stupid.

The story throughout is fascinating, with first class plotting, and a wonderful twist at the end that fits wonderfully.

A genuinely tense and gripping film .

All else shouldn't waste their time.

On an overall scale, High Tension had the opportunity to become one of the finest films of its genre & it very well might have achieved that by concluding its story on a predictable note rather than gambling with what eventually backfired in the end.

I also found the score annoying and the whole movie just unscary and boring.

As unexpected as it is, there are clues throughout the film, starting w/ the opening, Marie explaining a certain dream she had, etc. What Aja was able to do here is much like what Tobe Hooper did w/ THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, in that he captures convincing, unbridled insanity on screen.

For most of its run time, High Tension might just be one of the most intense and suspenseful moviegoing experiences of my entire life.

On the one hand, it does cause the viewer to think back over the movie a bit and adds a considerable layer to what really is mostly a suspenseful and phenomenally gory straight up slasher.

Save your money and save your time.

Its ambitious approach is a refreshment in this era of trite and warmed-over horror film efforts.

It wants to be a psychological terror film in the vein of See No Evil or Friday the 13th ( or whatever ), but it only comes out as a confusing, badly made film.

The acting was very good, if you like being on the edge of the seat I'll recommend you to watch it!

The movie goes through many long periods of boring uneventful crap.

The rest is a pretty gripping cat and mouse game that will probably have you by the edge of your seat.

As mind boggling as that is there's a whole bunch of scenes in the movie that are equally mind boggling.

If you're looking for some bloody fun, good scares, intense sequences, brilliant score, good acting and a simple storyline this is for you i really liked it a lot.

Tedious .

As, I previously mentioned the film has a lot of style and it is very intense and I was quite enjoying it.

The twist ending borderline ruins the entire film, as it has to be one of the most pointless, idiotic and unbelievable twists in film history.

Despite a seeming barrage of gore, the movie itself is expertly paced, alternating slow suspense with slick cinematography and editing.

However, be ready for lots of clichés and predictable plot devices.

Utter waste of time and money: Even on TV, you are better served changing the channel.

The flick starts off slow and steady, and right when the viewer settles into the laid back exposition, *knock knock knock*.

The reason why, is because I really bloody enjoyed it.

(Believe me, I know) However don't also expect too much because sometimes the story can be rather slow at times, which is why I couldn't rate it any higher than 8 out of 10.

Keeping the viewer on the edge of the seat was done brilliantly in my opinion and I recommend this movie to any horror flick fan.

As someone who finds gore very tedious, it's a difficult film to engage with for me.

The film itself is somewhat entertaining but also at some points becomes a bit boring.

don't waste your money or your time.

If you're like me, a person who's become desensitized to most gory or 'scary' films, than I would definitely recommend this one, because unlike so many other movies with similar plots, 'High Tension' is so incredibly suspenseful that I literally could not relax while watching it in my bed.

"High Tension" is one thrilling and horrific gem that shouldn't be missed...

Perhaps this explains why Marie's acting during the murder and kidnapping often seems a bit fake: it's totally contrived to try to justify her true identity as le tueur (the killer).

I was on the edge of the couch for the duration.

Then, out of nowhere, the plot twist sets in and the movie went from "Good, but typical" to "Truly cliché-defying, superior thriller" in a matter of 10 minutes.

Two young women travel to a dreary looking farmhouse to study for important school exams.

I have become tired of the horror film genre being turned into fillet'd bodies all over the place and I actually want a movie that is suspenseful.

He gives us lots of haunting imagery, intense suspense, and an atmosphere of impending doom.

An Entertaining French Slasher Film .

I love the whole grainy feel of this film and all the dark and dull colors that litter the screen during all the scenes save for the first few.

The whole scene where the guy walks through the house killing people was intense.

High Tension is really full of adrenaline and the performances by the 3 main characters are splendid.

Worth watching, if you like such films and have no prior knowledge of the end solution.

Ah well, I'll give a vague statement, and say you can save yourself and make it a great suspenseful movie by stopping the movie when the leading lady is done swinging her weapon.

High Tension is a truly unique and intense horror experience .

Had I been in a cinema i would have walked out and demanded my money back.

Without giving anything away I'll just say that the film has a twist ending which adds a certain level of sophistication to it, but at the same time it's a cliche.

They are supposed to keep us on the edge of our seats and shock us.

This was the worst waste of money I have ever put in a so called "splat-pack member's" pocket.

In spite of it's lack of substance, this movie will have you on the edge of your seat and begging for more.

It is about as intense of a film as I have seen in quite some time.

I wanted to turn it off with the murder of a 6 year old boy.

Watch 75 min and then turn it off before it gets muddled down by some appropriated americanized climax and you will have seen one of the BEST, most intense horror films ever made.

But this movie delivers blood and suspense and is very entertaining, which is what movies are made for: to entertain.

Haute tension pleasantly combines all those elements and when you think the solution is near, the pre-ending gets an unexpected turn (scheming, although if you recall all the prior scenes, you would realize some improbable moments; not liked by many viewers).

Overall, a well shot, enjoyable and stylish (though far from groundbreaking) little film.

Too confusing.

it has some tension,and some suspense and their are a few scenes that will get your adrenaline rushing.

It had me on the edge of my chair all the way through, but one must point out that CONFUSION comes into play here.

Overall, I found it to be one of the most entertaining films that I have seen this year.

the film keeps its audience on the edge of their seats from the very beginning and does not relent until the last shot is over......

The dubbing was horrible, the plot was hackneyed and predictable and the majority of it was lifted directly from a Dean Koontz book called "Intensity" (is he suing?

Thrilling and versatile...

Cecile de France's physical performance is stunning, the fear on her face, the tension in every limb, the breath rate, the pain, everything, and the sheer madness that Maiwenn's character endures is perfectly conveyed by the utter despair she is able to convey even with a gag in her mouth most of the time.

The second one is more intense, and you just want to tell her to stop!!

If your planning and watching this, save your money and buy the book.

Halfway through I was bored with the 1 dimensional characters, nonexistent dialogue, and half-hearted attempts to scare the audience.

Nevertheless, Aja's execution will keep you on the edge of the seat and probably, asking for more.

Anything other than rehashing that most played-out and trite of plot devices.

From the moment the switchblade wielding maniac first appears right up to the end credits this film will have you on the edge of your seat and chewing your fingernails until you bleed.

But really a bigger part of the tension comes from the extraordinary contrast between between the cool, relaxed, careful, measured workmanlike conduct of The Killer, and the trembling, high-strung, adrenaline-pumping, anxiety-emoting, pace of Marie.

The biggest criticism is that its a very simplistic approach that Aja has taken, with very limited character development and next to no real plot.

Thrilling scenes, great gore, you can really feel the tension!

Very suspenseful and horrifying, no wonder why they called it "High Tension".

But for viewers that like their horror films intense and unrelenting, you'll be satisfied with High Tension.

Yawn.

But are the actors the ones good enough to transmit you their fear and despair and create the thrilling environment this movie required and very few others are able to get.

The last ten minutes of the film were so confusing and muddled I had to think about the ending for a few minutes just to make sure I understood it.

This is a film that delivers the pure, breathtaking suspense and sheer terror that the title "High Tension" promises.

It's weird but by not making the audience jump, Aja creates something much more unsettling, something that keeps you on the edge of your seat constantly.

This movie is genuinely creepy, edge-of-your-seat, roller-coaster, thrill-ride entertaining.

The film creates a big adrenaline rush and you'll find yourself rooting for the main character...

I regrettably saw this at the theater and walked out of it angry.

Neo-horror but a good old bore .

It is extremely dull and pointless, and should definitely be skipped.

There are a lot of unexpected surprises that I can not spoil here.

The last scene is still impactful, though, and the ride you take to get there is thoroughly rewarding and gripping.

Ho Hum.

One is better off with Ringu or other foreign films than wasting time with a very boring movie with a bit of graphic violence.

Interesting but confusing .

The ending is great and totally unpredictable.

There's quite an array of weaponry in the film also, from the plain and simple switchblade, to much more exciting weapons like barbed wire, various guns, an axe and, my personal favourite, the chainsaw!

A lot of the film reminds me of Italian horror; the suspense is riveting, the music is the best since John Carpenter, and it makes no apologies with the amount of unrelenting bloodshed and extreme violence which mainstream Hollywood tends to stray away from.

Obviously, certain characters had intelligible motives, and when you learn why, all it does is make you realize how empty the main character's 'motive' is.

It is definitely one of the most goriest films, with unexpected turn around!

It was a very intense movie, with an awesome plot and great gore effects and acting.

After all, it's a week later, and I am still haunted by the gripping realism of many of the more violent images, which will make the murders from both IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER look lame by comparison.

It was pretty slow paced, and I found myself looking away from the movie and going on my phone a lot.

The director definitely won me over with this one and I highly recommend it.

The film keeps you on the edge of your sit for the most part.

Alexandre Aja put a French twist on the main characters in the film with 2 young females being the focal point rather than the usual mixture of 5 or so male / female teenagers who go camping / or to a family holiday home / or who get lost out in the middle of nowhere and all the other cliché's you can think of.

This movie will have you on the edge of your seat.

I was terrified throughout most of "High Tension", but at soon as I walked out of the theater, I realized I'd hated it more than any other movie I'd ever seen.

HAUTE TENSION really lives up to it's title, the whole film is suspenseful and tense (for lack of a better word...

but, that's where this movie takes a nosedive into the world of extreme boredom.

Unlike this film where it's just ew look how gross, pointless, and disturbing and let's see how senseless and illogical the movie can become especially by the end.

Despite all the nice things that people have to say about this film, the "plot twist" in it makes it an utter waste of time.

Still, despite this hokey and contrived ending, High Tension is an effective and creepy thriller.

Sad that such a crazy, well-done cat and mouse thriller had to cop out and have such a trite ending.

The final twist (the hero becomes the baddie, so exciting) isn't new either: "Tenebrae", "Phobia", "Angel heart", etc. You name it.

There is no plot for there to be holes in - we are now seeing Marie's delusion entering its end game.

I do have to say, however, that the end of the movie seemed very predictable to me.

What a boring, predictable movie.

So this is a good one if you like suspenseful movies with lots of blood.

Boring and absolutely contrived .

As Alex sleeps, Marie gets bored and plays with herself.

Bottom line: If you like gore for gore's sake and/or cat-and-mouse suspense, you might find this reasonably entertaining.

As of late directors seem to finally have found a way to combine explicit violence and thrills, so that it's actually entertaining to watch.

Its final trick is so cliché that I almost stopped watching there.

A tedious, one-dimensional game of cat-and-mouse with an ending that stretches believability beyond the snapping point.

Gruesomely intense.

People complain that the acting is bad and the ending is confusing.

How cliché.

It was brutal, exciting, scary...

For us, the trope was trite, and this unfortunately colored our lasting impressions.

There's some of the most wicked and unpredictable kills in horror movie fandom, and the movie moves at a fast and a furious rate.

don't waste your money .

Some of the kill scenes are so intense that even a seasoned horror fan such as myself squirmed a bit in my seat; I even let out an involuntary "whoa" more than once.

At the conclusion of this film, the viewer will undoubtedly notice that the story that "unfolded" is not consistent with the facts, and that the confusion that was generated was neither sincere nor appropriate for this kind of film.

While certain amounts of tension build up to something predictable happening, for the most part, this is not the case.

There are some stupid moments that reflect the contrived flaws from the low-brow slasher films of the 1980's, where characters never seem to do the right thing if survival is an instinct they are supposed to possess.

The title of "High Tension" is very appropriate considering that it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole movie.

I have been tired of being let down by 'horror' films over the years, each one released just eats away at your faith of ever seeing something worth watching.

Near the end of the movie, there is a sudden and unexpected twist in the plot.

Cecile De France is a riveting young actress; rarely is terror conveyed so palpably.

Overall, the movie was quite entertaining up until the "twist," though it was still respectable after studying each "cause of confusion.

Finally I'll mention that theirs some quite stunning photography throughout the film.

He gives us lots of haunting imagery, intense suspense, and an atmosphere of impending doom.

I think it is pointless to talk about the story for obvious reasons.

I expected a splatter film and I got an adrenaline pumping thriller with the added bonus of pure horror.

This director should be dipped in acid, skinned alive, burned at the stake, his limbs sawed off, buried alive, tortured and mutilated every imaginable way possible, and the list could go on and on for being such a disgrace to film-making and a disgrace to humanity for polluting the minds of sane, mentally healthy people with this pure utter sick snuff porn fantasy propaganda.

Grisly, intense, and shocking to the extreme.

A waste of time .

com hail this movie as one of the best horror movies of the year - must have been a slow year - or, maybe its' the fact that the movie is advertised all over their site?

It's all just too predictable from here on out.

Save your money, this one's not worth it.

Very boring.

come on, this was a good try at being a good horror movie, but seriously, too slow and clique for me.

Also, some clichés do not work here: the car that won't turn when it needs to has been done to the bone and here, is just a boring hat trick.

Maïwenn Le Besco is awesome here as Alex, she was intense and pulled of a very emotional role perfectly I really liked her.

Confusing reviews .

One would have found it unusual for French cinema to be the one to revitalize the horror genre which has become hackneyed and trite in Hollywood (so many want to refer to it as psychological thriller).

and unclear, confusing ...

The film over-all was very exciting and thought provoking.

Scary, gory, exciting, it was working.

Irregular but intriguing .

With its unadulterated brutality, this movie cuts through years of mundane horror movies I've witnessed over the years.

The twist was so utterly ill-considered and impossible that the movie simply crashed at the exact moment it was revealed, instantaneously rendering everything up to that moment meaningless and valueless and everything that followed pointless noise.

I knew something unexpected would happen when the serial killer knew Alex's name.

This movie delivers blood and suspense and is very entertaining.

sorry for the spoiler to come - you've been warned - but too many films rely on a 'twist' at the end and my god, these twists bore the pants off me.

Just because its spoken in a pretentious language and is filmed slowly to maximize tediousness, doesn't make it qualify for high art.

If you're in the mood for blood, gore and confusion (the actors are sometimes dubbed in English and other times have subtitles), then High Tension is the movie you need to check out.

Overall, the movie is artfully done but predictable.

It was enjoyable, a work well done.

It succeeded ok in a gore aspect and really capturing a horrifying atmopshere/ambiance, but due to the poor plot and drawn out scenes, wouldn't STRONGLY recommend this film by any means.

I could waste a lot of time dressing up this comment and all that...

Add me to the "angry" lynch mob and please don't waste any more time considering whether to watch this or not.

Just saw this at "Midnight Madness" at the Toronto Film Festival, and I rather enjoyed it.

High Tension is an adrenaline junkie's wet dream.

There's an intensity, distressing and excruciating panic when Marie is hiding from the killer and at times unbearable.

Highly suspenseful .

Though it descends into total implausibility, 'Switchblade Romance' is a gripping, visceral horror film that manages to keep one step ahead of the viewer.

A rush of adrenaline .

The directing and cinematography sparks a little interest, but the screenplay is so jumbled and confusing it almost gives you a migraine.

A refreshing breeze in a time of predictable remakes and boring ghost stories .

It was completely pointless to the story.

High Tension follows two young college friends, Marie (Cecile De France, from the Around the World in 80 Days remake) and Alexia (Maiwenn, the alien opera singer from The Fifth Element) on their weekend of unexpected horror out in the country.

The plot twist is okay (otherwise, there would have been so many plot holes and obvious errors that it would make the movie ridiculous), even if it is very predictable (I figured it out almost immediately).

If I didn't love the score so much, I'd mute the film because the imagery is so intense you probably wouldn't need sound to enjoy this.

Don't waste your money .

This movie is by far the worst movie of the year so far.

Why the hell the director decided on this stupid, pointless, banal unoriginal ending is beyond me.

The sound treatment is ridiculous, the acting very bad (except for Cecile de France, but even she is far from what she can give), the picture taking and framing is crap, every single cliché is present...

Night barely settles in when there is an unexpected knock on the front door and a truly vicious killer begins to rain hell on the idyllic country home.

From the very start this movie is inferior and boring.

Simply put, Switchblade Romance (to give it English release, and better, title) is a pure adrenaline rush throughout.

This is quite a film that was very exciting to watch.

Empty shell of a movie.

And why did this movie waste so much of my time by showing me Marie sneaking around the house so the man wouldn't hear her?

It is just a really disgusting gross out bore, and several scenes are really over-the-top sexploitation cheap and low down for the sake of shocking the audience.

The Severed Head The scene which seems to be the cause for most confusion, involving the severed head, indicates that Marie was already at Alex's home and that she and Alex didn't arrive together; rather, Marie arrived in the truck separately.

" However, this movie was intense, even though it was made 2 years earlier, I enjoyed it very well.

The killings are brutal and graphic, yet march along at a predictable pace.

I know when I do that during a movie it's just plain out boring, and this film was boring quite a bit.

If I take the name out of the equation however the movie is quite intense and gory enough to be classified in the horror genre.

Worth watching if you're a horror fan looking for something a little more intelligent.

Despite the much debated possibility of Marie and the killer being the same person,the movie as a slasher flick was definitely entertaining.

The film had been really tense and gripping up until that point.

The director knows every slasher cliché in and out and creates excitement by avoiding all of them.

There is one scene in a public washroom that had me on the edge of my seat and grabbing the arm of a stranger, a guy, sitting next to me.

Recycled clichés in a barely entertaining order .

Worst movie ever!!!!

Finally, after all that terrible, terrible "horror" garbage we've had to put up with, there's finally something worth watching (and unsurprisingly, it's from a different country).

A Short, Enjoyable Horror Movie .

Every action was predictable.

It was very, very intense, with great blood and gore effects, and good suspense.

I hope that the fact that it is a French-made movie doesn't turn off the jaded American horror fans, because HIGH TENSION is more suspenseful and gruesome than anything U.

Well this film is worth watching.

This film is quite a thrilling ride, filled with gore, stylish visuals, a great soundtrack with music that pulls the tension in tighter around you.

Anyway, HAUTE TENSION remains one of the most thrilling gore movie ever made, and the acting is over the top (...

Though it has some flaws, "High tension" is a thoroughly enjoyable and nasty piece of works, with fine acting (kudos to Philippe Nahon as the slimy killer), good direction and a great, sick twist ending.

And if the terribly disjointed surprise ending is a sign of innovation and art I really fear for the future of movies.

worst movie of this decade .

As for the film itself, this French fare about two girls who go back to the homes of one of the girls for a weekend of study and relaxation only to find themselves under attack from a serial killer is sometimes confusing, and much too obvious to be as effective as it would like to be.

I can count on both hands the number of films I have seen in my lifetime that scared me or at the very least made me sit on the edge of my seat.

This film is a complete adrenaline rush.

It took its time to build its suspenseful sequences and I loved that about it.

Truly mind blowing bold experience, a real masterpiece...

After seeing Darkness, Nameless, Crimson Rivers and now Haute Tension, I shall never expect a riveting horror movie made in Europe.. ;) Haute Tension starts OK, gets even thrilling, then it kind of stumbles on itself.

It's all about being haunted by the squeaks of the killer's shoes on the floor, the labored breathing as he walks up the stairs, or the dull sound his bloodied scalpel makes when he wipes it off on his overalls that play just as important role in this as anything else in the film, and it works absolutely marvelously.

The characters are uninteresting and unappealing (and the two female leads alarmingly unattractive), and there is no one to route for.

Interesting But A Little Confusing .

This intense film follows the relationship of two females, Marie and Alexa, who decide to take a vacation at Alexa's parents country house which is eventually invaded by a big stomping weirdo in coveralls that seems to effortlessly slash everyone he comes across with no remorse.

Although very disappointed overall by this film, I still think it's worth seeing (if you're a fan of the genre), because even with its fatal flaws, it's still more exciting & scary and well-shot than most horror movies out there--which is why it's such a let-down when the last part of the film comes along!

When you have no story and no appealing leads (ie no-one to care for), you can't have any suspense.

When I first saw it the movie was a bit confusing.

It made the film all the more exciting.

It successfully combines several 'cheap' scares with more drawn-out suspense building sequences.

His demise is one of those grisly numbers that you just know is far, FAR more intense in the uncut version of the film!

In conclusion, I highly recommend you check out this film because its got some really great gore, nice direction, great gritty feel and heck its just an awesome suspenseful film.

High Tension is certainly worth watching.

Being un-pretentious was one of the motives that drove the French New Wave in the late 1950's early 1960's with directors like Goddard and Truffaut.

Explanation for the High Tension-ed and highly confusing ending .

Haute Tension is one of those films that keeps you on the edge of your seat, especially when the killer is in the same room as Marie.

" Though audiences would have enjoyed it more had the "killer" just been real and Marie went after him to save Alex and to avenge the murder of Alex's family, it was still worth the 91 min.

Out is now the formulaic Craven-esquire comedy that dominated the 90s following Scream and the film really does bare its teeth in a blood soaked frenzy leaving the corpses of a young family in its wake within the first frantic half an hour or so.

The suspense well had me on the edge of my seat haha, all about that chainsaw bit.

Found it very gory and gruesome fitting for a horror flick, but seriously, it moved a bit too slow, and there were way too many plot holes!

Possibly the worst movie I have ever seen.

It's the perfect car for Marie to steal and chase the Killer in: as edgy, fast, bright colored as the Killer's truck is dingy, slow, dull, gritty.

How any studio would finance and distribute this kind of pointless and retarded spooge is beyond any wild imagination.

Great acting.. No complaints, I totally enjoyed it.

Well, seemingly a thousand years later, the Twist Ending that was supposed to make it interesting came along, but I had spiritually walked out by then.

Bloody, intense, psychological terror.

I found it extremely non-scary, overly stylized, and ultimately unwatchable.

Several times I felt like I was close to falling asleep and/or doing something else with my time.

Exactly what the title promises , "HIGH TENSION" , intense stuff.

High Tension, starts off really good and it has a lot of style and it is very intense.

This film takes us to a 85 minute travel of boredom.

After what seemed like a slow start, the tension picked up to were I was strung wire tight, as was Cécile De France (The Spanish Apartment).

*********SPOILERS*********** This movie was confusing on so many levels (not Fight Club confusing, Donnie Darko confusing).

I think the movie might have been even better (and more plausible upon re-watching) if it didn't try to be quite so clever, but I still enjoyed it quite a lot the first time that I saw it.

Lots of confusion there.

Unfortunately, she is interrupted by an unexpected visitor.

The scene where she first encounters him was probably the most suspenseful scene in a movie I've ever seen.

I'd have to say the first 40 minutes of the movie are the most intense, "high tension", and scary than in any movie I've ever seen.

Talk about an adrenaline rush!

Slow and clique .

First of all I do have a weak spot for thrilling / scary / tense movies and I tend to watch all that I can get hold of.

So I will mention the inconsistencies and confusing concepts this movie made.

Definitely worth watching for any horror fan out there.

It ends just like ever other trite MTV-laden garbage plaguing us these days.

The ending actually redeemed itself by having a very intense scene.

It is here that the movie follows more of a formulaic pattern as Marie is able to hide her presence from the killer and proceeds to try and rescue her friend.

There are no jumps for the hell of it, just quality tension building as intense as anything that you'll find in the original grudge or ringu as François Eudes' electronica headf**k gnaws away at you and builds with each scene.

it was intense and i was yelling at her a lot offering my two cents, although she did most of it before i said anything (except just stealing the truck from the service station when he went to pay, ironically).

Anyway, as most people have heard, the film incorporates a twist toward the end which defies logic and makes you want to beat on the writer/director for not having enough b*lls to leave well enough alone.

I thought this movie was inspiring, original, and 'intense'.

When you think about how minimal this genre is (for more than one hour, it's about slashing bodies and surviving), you can expect how dull this movie is.

There were many intense scenes (the convenience store axe kill, the kid hunting, the car chase, and the final confrontation with Marie against herself) and many shockers (the throat cutting, the stairwell head crush, the oral sex with the severed head), plus the story itself was very good as well...

The violence is visually stunning, with Alex's parents suffering particularly brutal deaths.

Very few dialogues n fast paced action.

A disturbing and compelling film- Absolute class.

The movie's boring concoction of pathetic 'running and hiding' sequences only serve as a prologue to a twist so pathetic it will have you laughing out loud!

A disgusting foreign horror movie, well worth watching .

The beginning of the movie on the American version seemed dubbed and I fell asleep almost a few times from the poor acting and dialog.

It is at this point that the confusion sets in.

It's only worth watching if you want to see how to totally butcher a twist ending into something that makes no sense at all.

' situation, which indeed makes them a thoroughly engrossing, if life-sapping ordeal to watch.

It is this orchestrated whirlwind of fright that makes this movie so enjoyable.

The police check a video tape which puts an unexpected twist on the killing spree.

All of the dialogue is pointless and does nothing to further the plot, nor it explains what type of people the characters really are.

It's the most viscerally brutal film I've seen in quite some time, After a plodding exposition, it jolts the viewer into a juggernaut of terror, where almost every scene is so full of (ahem) tension.

As many others violent movies like Man Bites Dog or Seul Contre Tous, Haute Tension gives 90 minutes of nihilistic violence, floods of blood, high tension (that's it :)) and an unexpected ending.

I highly recommend it!

In fact, when Marie was hiding in her room from the crazed serial killer I was on the edge of my seat.

Just swerve them,, let them go and watch Jeepers Creepers or White Noise.. rent/buy the video .. check into a farm house on a stormy night, make sure your alone and switch off the lights and prepare yourself for a disturbing roller-coaster ride of terror, thrills and fright with an evocative and abstract soundtrack packed with guttural moans, unworldly booms and electrical hisses Its simply a masterpiece of horror especially the first 30 mins...

I expected this to actually be a good, fun, suspenseful horror movie.

When the only entertaining parts of a movie like this are the few gory scenes of sadistic excess (witness a decapitation by bureau and the chainsaw through the car windshield), you end up feeling dirty after watching it.

This should have been 10/10 for the pure unashamed gall of the movie but, because it fizzles away to a dssapointing cliché, only 6/10 I'm afraid.

The Tension between the two is what really kept me on the edge of my seat ...

An intense horror movie with a twisted plot ending that made no sense .

Another way of confusing the audience to no avail of tying in this to the ending.

The duel between Marie and the killer didn't really work for me; in fact, I found it a little boring.

High tension is got to be the one of the best slasher movies i have ever seen..Why??Here is my answer1) The atmosphere from the beginning of the movie till climax is highly intense which will really scare the sh*t out of you2)Every scene is slowly performed and so cleverly done that you will fall into the depth of it.

Really enjoyable slasher horror, with guts .

A cliché.

You are on the edge of your seat as the hunter goes through the house room by room in search of his next victim, and you appreciate the cleverness of having the roles constantly reversed whereas the killer and Alex seem to take turns chasing each other.

Impossibly Intense .

The movie was also fairly fast paced.

Lynch's twists, if they can be called that, are also trite in the light of day, why they work so well is that we try to do their mapping from inside the world being mapped; suddenly we're thrust in the middle of sex with a partner we only know as a character, so that the intimacy feels all wrong and dangerous.

It takes a while to realize what exactly is happening as the film "High Tension" comes to its gripping and surprising conclusion.

) above the usual tedious crop and makes this film more thought-provoking than you might expect.

Despite the title of "High Tension" a lot of scenes are drawn out and plodding and this tends to cut most of the suspense.

This film has a good feel and look to it--dark, suspenseful, creepy.

In short, it is a very good and enjoyable horror movie.

Major letdown and waste of time.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen .

But the ending really really hurt this movie to the point of making it a 80's slasher cliché.

The alternate titles don't give us an alternate ending, and as a result I'm given reason enough to recommend you save your money.

It's very suspenseful and very gory...

The ending was a twist which many may not like, because I didn't, but the movie really grips you on the edge of the seat throughout.

Cliché defying?

The film boasts a substantial amount of gore, but manages to escape being dragged down by this.

That said, the story then turns to a slower pace and you find that it's mixing the suspenseful thriller in with the moments of full on horror, and it's done so well.

Yawn.

They are started to bore me now.

You can tell from the opening dream and the strange, left-field visual style that this is a movie coming in from somewhere fun and exciting.

There are several scenes that are just exquisitely suspenseful, and it's violent and gory in exactly the right ways.

it was scary, it was gross, it was entertaining.

Some revolting "old bloke" with a sinus problem appears out of nowhere, wanders about a house and slashes a couple of people - tho he takes AGES to do it and bores everyone to death anyway.

The last 20 minutes of the film was very confusing.

The Killer is always slow, careful, methodical, almost always emotionless.

There's nothing much here you haven't seen before, but "High Tension" is still an entertaining hour and a half.

For most of the running time this film works purely on eager energy but in the last act, when the director has wrung out everything he can from the cliché-ridden script he chucks in a stupid, ridiculous plot twist that completely contradicts everything established in the opening act.

This brings about so many questions that go unanswered simply by the way it goes about including the twist simply to ensure a successful unimagined twist, as there's that phone call at the gas station getting made, how the car crash happened or what the gas-station attendant was looking at being just several of the unanswered and utterly confusing questions this leaves.

, there's a bare minimum of tedious setup before the 'fun' begins.

Claret shoots around the screen with regularity as the killings begin and whilst the film includes plenty of cliché's and references to other movies of the genre, they are done purposely and are included well.

Why would the swing be empty just after Marie sees Alex naked in the shower?

Exciting, gory and horrifying all at the same time AND all the time, to the very last moment.

I was so into the characters and felt for them all and was on the edge of my seat and shouting at the TV for most of it.

The characters are more than engaging, the plot is a simple slasher with a dark twist, and what the best thing about this movie is the ending.

I watch a ton of horror movies and this one is very gory and suspenseful.

Every action is so utterly predictable that it becomes a game for groups of movie-goers to see who can call the next "twist" first.

And I get a stereotypically butch lesbian (cropped haircut, smokes, thumb ring, hoodie, and muscles) who ironically has a disappointingly weak swing and bad ideas and easy-flowing tears, so it really ruins any chances for her to succeed as the "cool tough chick" she's meant to be compared to her look, which seems like a contrived vision of the (casting) director.

Switchblade Romance is pure style, and a complete adrenaline rush.

Nowadays though, I don't really care for violence without substance (don't get me wrong, I still love 'Ichi', but in retrospect I found the Guinea Pig Series rather boring).

Below are possible explanations for the scenes which brought about the most confusion.

Alex is dragged to the killers truck and Marie finds a butchers knife in the kitchen and manages to hide in the back of the truck.

If this kind of thing bothers you, then save your money.

Or you can take it for what it's worth and appreciate a good horror movie that keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat.

Still, given the other 80% of the movie is extremely suspenseful and effectively brutal, this is a small flaw.

The movie ignores the increasingly tedious and done-to-death American teens in peril conventions of Halloween and Friday 13th in favour of putting a flashy European spin on proceedings.

despite a slow fairly boring set up, once this movie got going,we were on the edge of our seats...

'Haute Tension' starts out as one of the most intense horror films of all time.

Reading reviews that claim "this is the most disturbing horror film I've ever seen," or "one the grossest most intense horror films I've ever seen" really do not represent this movie.

It's that intense.

), but it was very poorly acted, jumbled, confusing and the characters were as dumb as a sack of hammers.

As I said, for those who are serious fans of horror, like myself, the ending is predictable.

The movie is well acted, and certainly intense.

i trust we'll be seeing the attractive lead characters in future movies and the director and writer will be back to lay some more equally entertaining stuff on us...

It really is a rush of adrenaline though, and will keep the viewer on the edge of their seat.

Now, "High Tension" on the other hand, if you can dismiss the lack of story, lack of characters (everybody casted were just bodies saying words, not characters), has TOTAL INTRIGUE during the scenes no matter how ludicrous they may later be in hindsight.

It is certainly intense, sure to cause many a boyfriend's arm to be squeezed.

Other than that, it was suspenseful, scary, and it literally had me hooked the whole time.

What is so threatening about a big fat old man who is as slow as sin and doesn't even act mean?

It is one of the best thrillers I've seen in years, and it's cliché-defying.

Really good movie in my opinion, an intense thriller with good acting and very good directing that keeps you on the edge of your seat for most of the movie.

There's a bit of a car chase and a lot of other stuff that's really drawn out and not interesting - by this time I'm hitting fast forward with a vengeance.

what an adrenaline rush this film was to a jaded horror film buff.

There's some of the most wicked and unpredictable kills and the movie moves at a fast and a furious rate.

A fast paced and tightly edited, the gruesome violent deaths are handled with such extreme flair you'll forgive the final 10 minutes where the plot goes up in the air and you will be left feeling wtf?

What made the screening even more exciting is that director Alexandre Aja and his silent screenwriter Gregory Levasseur were there to introduce Haute Tension and they did a quick Q&A at the end of it.

The dubbing is distracting, and every cliché imaginable ever used in a horror movie is unleashed like it was the director who was breaking ground.

High Tension certainly packs a punch and had me on the edge of my seat all the way through.

Her character at times seems so empty and alone and like there is so much going on with her and she portrays fear and terror and at the same time strength and brutality nearly all at once.

I would give this movie a 6 out of 10 for the simple reason that IT IS a really good movie, the only thing that sucks about it is that it contradicts itself WAY TOO MUCH and its really confusing.

Definitely don't waste your time trying to figure out its completely nonsensical plot.

Most thrilling movie of 2004 .

But the nature of the thing is that we invest in real time, the present moment, absorbing a world as it happens, with no layering whatsoever and clear boundaries until miraculously reversed in the end, when it makes no sense for how we have experienced time.

The movie succeeds at creating a suspenseful setup; and that's all the viewer will get out of it.

This second feature by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes remake, Piranha 3D) has made a film where your nerves and guts will be shredded and shaken, you'll feel so unbearable and uneasy about the whole experience that you'll wonder what the hell is going on.

This here proved to be quite the fun and highly enjoyable slasher effort.

I will admit some parts are pretty creepy but over all it is a waste of film, time, and money.

Jason", "Halloween 1 & 2", "The New York Ripper", "Battle Royale", "House on the Edge of the Park", "Perfect Blue", "Just Before Dawn", "Evil Ed", "Stage Fright", "Opera", "Saw", "Saw II", "Demons", "Cemetery Man", "From Dusk till Dawn", "Last House on The Left", "Scream", "Scream 2", "Wrong Turn", "Terror Firmer", "House of 1000 Corpses", "The Devil's Rejects", "Kill Bill", "Caligula", "3 Extremes", "Men Behind The Sun", "Prom Night", "Terror Train", "Bloody Birthday", "Scarface", "House of Wax ( 2005)", "Ghost Ship", "Motel Hell", "Dereanged", "The Funhouse", "Henry: Portait of a Serial Killer", "Dawn of the Dead ( 1978 and 2004)", "City of the Living Dead( a.

I felt the film, though predominantly clichéd, did manage to avoid becoming tired, its suspense was taut and relatively unpredictable.

High Tension well directed by Alexandre Aja(3rd work here) using score in a smart Way is Lively suggested to empty stomach's audiences.

This is a true, non-cliché thriller.

Although I will be the first to recommend this one to gore hounds, as there are some pretty intense kills, the best being the staircase and the dresser, and ill leave it at that for the people who haven't seen it.

However the slow end and bad ending almost ruin this movie.

Pointless Slasher Flick .

Overall, the film was worth the watch, I just didn't like the ending.

In fact, I thought that the extremely slow, methodical and deliberate actions of the killer contrasted with the desperate tension that you as the viewer associate with the scenes of brutality was a great way to draw you into the movie.

The twist is not bad by any means, if a little trite.

Slow start and terrible acting bring this movie even further down.

Coping out for a clichéd twist, all the pain and uncomfortable moments that went by were muted, feeling cheated and empty that you were given a lack luster twist, that in hind sight doesn't really work or explain so many conundrums it creates.

I was completely immersed with these two ladies fight for their lives.

Things that normal stupid slashers wouldn't take into account, he does - and with breathtaking suspense.

There really isn't much more to say, but if you want to watch an extreme french horror movie then this is the best you can choose, much of the material in the film I do not agree with, the sexual content is too dark, and the violence is too extreme, but unlike the others this one really did keep me literally on the edge of my seat.

There is no message to be had from this film, nor are you any better for seeing it.

The ridiculous plot twist managed to be predictable and incredibly homophobic at the same time.