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High Tension (2003)

Haute tension (original title)
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.

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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

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Hearts will bleed.


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Rated R for graphic bloody killings, terror, sexual content and language. | See all certifications »

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10 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€94,685 (Spain) (14 November 2004)

Gross:

$3,681,066 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Alexandre Aja the scene where Marie hides from the killer in the gas station restroom is a homage to a similar scene in Maniac (1980). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[last lines]
Alexia: She can't see me, right?
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References Straw Dogs (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

A2
excerpt from Celebration
Composed by François-Eudes Chanfrault
Recorded, performed and mixed by François-Eudes Chanfrault
(P) 2002 MK2 Music
Editions: 2002 Ciné Nada Music
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Not a pretty sight -- **POSSIBLE SPOILERS**
23 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a horror film fan, I have wanted to see "High Tension" for a while, ever since I saw the delectably violent trailer and clips. It does not disappoint in the gory violence department, but I found it to be too short, with an abrupt ending. Still, the film is a haunting exploration of the darkest corners of the human psyche; a portrait that doubles, or maybe masquerades, as a slasher.

Cécile De France is good in the role of Marie, showing grit, nerve and, dare I say, tension when the role calls for it. Maïwenn Le Besco is also good as Alex, although her role does not demand much from her, except for a few scenes of considerable emotional range.

Two of the best aspects of the film are its cinematography and music. Cinematographer Maxime Alexandre paints the film in bluish, metallic, detached hues, that contribute to the effects of truly unapologetic on-screen violence. Composer François Eudes' score is an audio picture of disturbed peace and chaos brewing in the idyll of normalcy. Had it not been for these two elements, the film would not have been half as effective.

"High Tension" is not a must-see film by any means, but it is a must for art-house and horror film fans.

7/10


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