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High Tension (2003)

Haute tension (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Mystery | 10 June 2005 (USA)
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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.


Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


€2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,645,438 (USA) (24 June 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only studio filming done was shooting the scenes between Marie and Alexia inside the killer's truck. The studio itself was merely a garage. See more »


After the killer crashed into the yellow car, the damage to the trunk is visible. In subsequent shots, there is no visible damage. See more »


[repeated line]
Marie: I won't let anyone come between us any more.
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Referenced in Crossover (2006) 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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A very stylish, tense film, truly a suspense-thriller-horror
3 May 2005 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Oh my god. Without a doubt I have not been affected by a movie this much since watching the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre when I was well under age and the movie was certainly more than dodgy. I couldn't sleep after watching that and was very uneasy, multiplied a gazillion times by the imagination of a kid. This certainly had a similar affect on me, it scared me and horrified me, it even surprised me more than any other movie has of late.

If you have any preconception about foreign cinema being weaker to Hollywood then you have hardly spent enough time watching foreign cinema and too much time engrossed in poor romantic flicks with Clooney et al. You really need to get out and grab some of that Japanese, Spanish and French cinema action. It's easily had and there's a lot to it, far better movies...anyway, I find myself digressing again.

From the outset this movie pitches itself as a hard horror, it isn't going to pull any punches and it's going to show you like it is, harrowing and horrific. 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. Too well in fact, and watching the psychotic at work is sometimes shocking.

It rides a fine line between schlock horror and suspense horror, it manages to combine the two without falling into a complete gore flick. It is gory mind you, very gory. I was eating a couple of biscuits during the movie and I stopped until it was finished, even then I wasn't sure.

That's where this movies strength lies, it really pushes the boundaries of between those two types of movies but keeps its feet firmly in the suspense, and tension area. The film is exceedingly tense, and it's raised slowly to begin with, but creeps up at every set piece, and it's not long before the shocking and surprising final set piece is upon you. That in itself is terrifying, and as it unfolded on me I was stunned.

Part of me thinks that this movie could have done much better without all the horror, but I'm not sure that the film would have carried on the tension and suspense alone, it's the very presence of the horror that adds to and heightens the pressure.

A very stylish, tense film, truly a suspense-thriller-horror to be proud of from the French. Please Hollywood, don't remake it.

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