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High Tension (2003)
"Haute tension" (original title)

NC-17  |   |  Horror  |  10 June 2005 (USA)
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Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on vacation at Alexa's parents' country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway.


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Le tueur
Père Alex
Mère Alex
Marco Claudiu Pascu ...
Jean-Claude de Goros ...
Capitaine Gendarmerie
Bogdan Uritescu ...
Homme voiture


Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Hearts will bleed.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office


€2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$246,140 (Italy) (10 June 2005)


$30,781 (Chile) (22 September 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Alexandre Aja discovered star Maïwenn at a stand up comedy show in France. See more »


The dog disappears from shot after it has been killed. See more »


Le tueur: You drive a woman crazy. You little slut.
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Referenced in Secretos (2011) See more »


Sarà Perché Ti Amo
by Ricchi e Poveri
(Dario Farina / Enzo Ghiazzi / Daniela Pace)
(c) Televis Ed. Musicali Srl
(c) Abrano Allione Ed. Musicali (represented by Warner Chappell Music France)
By kind permission of Universal Music Projets Spéciaux France
(p) 1981 BMG Entertainment
By kind permission of BMG France
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User Reviews

Pleasantly Surprised. This is a Bloody Good Horror Film.
20 June 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I heard of High Tension before. It came out last summer but for some reason the trailer never really caught my attention enough to go out and see it. I thought the synopsis sounded interesting but I figured this is a movie more suited to be viewed on DVD than in theaters. I rented High Tension one weekend and this movie is the answer to the question many horror fans always ask ... "Where are the bloody horror films?". If you are looking for a bloody interesting horror film. High Tension may be your prescription.

High Tension (Haute Tension) is about a girl name Marie who is coming to stay with her good friend Alex at her parents house. While in the house Marie wakes up to find an unknown man in the house killing the family and kidnapping Alex.

I am pleasantly surprised how good the movie was. And it's a surprise to me considering I am not too found of movies that are dubbed. The movie was filmed in French language and then dubbed for the US with English voice overs. If you rent the DVD. Best bet is to play it with the French audio and English subtitles.

Definitely a must see 9/10

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