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High Tension (2003) Poster

(2003)

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Lions Gate cut about 2 minutes for the US theatrical release to secure a "R" rating. The changes were:
  • Alex's father is graphically decapitated with a bookcase, his headless neck spraying blood. In the R-rated version, the initial killing is implicit rather than explicit, and later, during a flashback, his killing is gone.


  • The scene of the killer applying a concrete saw to the stomach of the man driving the car was edited shorter


  • When Alex's mother has her throat slashed, the scene is edited short; most of the arterial spurting, as the killer pulls back her head, is gone. The shot of her severed hand also is removed, leaving no indication of what exactly happened to her.


  • The scene where Marie strikes the killer's face in with the barbed wire post is shortened and less explicit; Marie hits the killer fewer times, and there are fewer details of the killer's wounds shown.


The South Korean theatrical re-release and DVD release has cuts totaling under a minute to all the murders. Also a brief shot of a severed hand next to a phone is missing. These cuts were finally restored for the special edition DVD in 2005.
German rental version was cut by 67 seconds for a JK/SPIO approval. Retail version was cut even more (ca. 1 minute) to qualify for a "Not under 18" rating from the FSK.

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