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Director:
Writers:
Alexandre Aja (writer)
Grégory Levasseur (writer)
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Release Date:
10 June 2005 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hearts will bleed.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cécile De France ... Marie

Maïwenn ... Alexia

Philippe Nahon ... Le tueur

Franck Khalfoun ... Jimmy

Andrei Finti ... Père Alex

Oana Pellea ... Mère Alex
Marco Claudiu Pascu ... Tom
Jean-Claude de Goros ... Capitaine Gendarmerie
Bogdan Uritescu ... Gendarme

Gabriel Spahiu ... Homme voiture

Directed by
Alexandre Aja 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alexandre Aja  writer
Grégory Levasseur  writer

Produced by
Alexandre Arcady .... producer
Robert Benmussa .... producer
Andrei Boncea .... executive producer
Inigo Lezzi .... line producer
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant producer
Luc Besson .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
François-Eudes Chanfrault  (as François Eudes)
 
Cinematography by
Maxime Alexandre 
 
Film Editing by
Baxter 
Al Rundle 
Sophie Vermersch 
 
Casting by
Florin Kevorkian  (as Florin Chevorchian)
 
Production Design by
Renald Cotte Verdy 
Tony Egry 
 
Art Direction by
Grégory Levasseur 
 
Set Decoration by
Gabriel Nechita 
Gabriela Nechita 
 
Makeup Department
Gabi Cretan .... makeup artist
Giannetto De Rossi .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Andrei Boncea .... executive in charge of production
Liliana Ciobanu .... assistant to the producer
Attila Egry .... unit manager
Calin Furtunescu .... production manager
Inigo Lezzi .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alina Apostu .... assistant director
Anthony Collard .... second assistant director
Theodor Halacu-Nicon .... first assistant director
Virgil Nicolaescu .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Blehan Bogdan .... construction crew
Adrian Cancer .... storyboard artist
Agler Catalin .... construction crew
Ann Chakraverty .... set dresser
Paul Dobre .... construction crew
Dorin Grigorescu .... construction crew
Ionut Mandruta .... construction crew
Gabriela Nechita .... construction crew (as Gabi Nechita)
Gabriela Nechita .... storyboard artist
Rusetelu Nicolae .... construction crew
Calin Papura .... assistant art director
Calin Papura .... construction crew
Tudor Polizu .... construction crew
Serge Recorbet .... construction manager
Elsa Richez .... key painter
Camelia Sirbu .... construction crew
Doru Stan .... construction crew
Mihai Stanciu .... painter
Florin Gavrila .... scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... sound re-recordist: United States version
Pierre André .... sound mixer
Emmanuel Augeard .... sound mixer
Guillaume Battistelli .... assistant sound editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer: United States version
John Bires .... additional sound: United States version
Christian Brousselle .... post-synchronization
Mihai Burtan .... sound
Marian Costea .... sound
Jeffrey Eisner .... additional sound: United States version (as Jeff Eisner)
Ludovic Escallier .... assistant sound editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital assistant editor: United States version
Jeff Glueck .... additional sound: United States version
Loïc Gourbe .... sound recordist
Thierry Havard .... boom operator
Chris Jargo .... sound effects editor: United States version
François Lepeuple .... foley artist (as François Le Peuple)
Didier Lesage .... sound engineer
Didier Lozahic .... sound editor
Didier Lozahic .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Malham .... re-recording engineer
Craig Mann .... sound re-recordist: United States version
Olivier Marlangeon .... assistant foley artist
Stefanie Melchor .... additional sound: United States version
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor: United States version
Cristi Onutu .... sound
Mark Relyea .... sound effects editor: United States version
Sébastien Savine .... assistant sound editor
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer: United States version
Matthew Sordello .... additional sound: United States version
Branden Spencer .... digital assistant editor: United States version
Dean St. John .... adr mixer: United States version
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor: United States version
Greg Steele .... adr mixer: United States version
Bogdan Varzaru .... sound
David A. Whittaker .... sound effects editor: United States version
Ben Wilkins .... sound editor
David Young .... additional sound: United States version
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Adrian Popescu .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Ageorges .... digital compositor
Stephane Bidault .... visual effects
Christophe Chanvin .... visual effects supervisor
Jean-Antoine Lacolle .... digital compositor
Matthias Weber .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Szabolcs Cseh .... stunts (as Szabo Cseh)
Marius Florian .... stunt double: Marie
Von Totojescu .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mihai Burtan .... assistant camera
Catalin Ciobanu .... electrician
Marian Costea .... camera operator
Viorel Diaconescu .... gaffer
Titi Gavrila .... assistant camera
Ionut Lupulescu .... clapper loader
Sorin Nainer .... still photographer
Cristi Onutu .... assistant camera
Toni Salabasev .... still photographer
Bogdan Stanciu .... Steadicam operator
Remus Tanase .... key grip
Bogdan Varzaru .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Domnica Circiumaru .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... color timer (as Serge Antony)
Adam Fox Forrest .... dvd menu designer
Magali Magnan .... assistant editor
Dan Mitre .... colorist
 
Music Department
Matthew Bellamy .... composer: song "New Born"
Jérôme Devoise .... score mixer
Jérôme Lateur .... music supervisor
Vincent Lebegue .... music legal coordinator
Elise Luguern .... music production supervisor
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Adrian Nita .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Andra Barbuica .... script supervisor
Peter Block .... acquisitions executive
Bob Buchholz .... english language director
Razvan Caminschi .... production assistant
Liliana Ciobanu .... production assistant
Jean-Patrick Flande .... unit publicist
Catherine Grandjean .... administrator
Nicu Kasza .... production assistant
Dorina Popa .... production assistant
Claudiu-Cristian Prisecaru .... production assistant
Dominique Segall .... press attache
Karl Sigwald .... production assistant
Doru Stan .... production assistant
Luminita Costinela Stanciu .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Haute tension" - France (original title)
"Switchblade Romance" - International (English title), UK (DVD box title)
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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence
Runtime:
91 min | Germany:85 min (DVD version) | South Korea:84 min (re-cut version) | USA:89 min (edited version)
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS | SDDS (US version) | Dolby Digital (US version) | Dolby Digital EX (original version)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Austria:18 | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Alberta) | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | France:-16 | Germany:18 (SPIO/JK) (cut) | Germany:18 (cut) | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (cut) (DVD rating) (uncut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) | USA:R (cut) | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:R (edited version) | USA:NC-17 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The shot where the fake blood splatters the camera lens during the murder of the driver was actually an accident, but the shot impressed director Alexandre Aja so it was left in the film. The graphic shot was cut from the theatrical release though, but was restored for the DVD release.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Marie/Alex runs over the car, the driver looks back and it is seen that he doesn't have a cigarette on his mouth. However when Marie/Alex desperately asks for help hitting the window, suddenly a cigarette appears on his mouth, which was obviously not lighted recently.See more »
Quotes:
Alexia:The problem is, he's got a girlfriend he doesn't want to split up with.
Marie:Why are you so interested, then?
Alexia:Someone who's taken must be worth it. I'm skeptical of single guys.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Secretos (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
A2See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the theatrical version and the unrated version? Is the Korean DVD uncensored?
Which song does Marie listen to while she masturbates?
Which song plays during the car chase and ending scenes?
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141 out of 229 people found the following review useful.
Craven and Hooper would be proud, unfortunately, so would Shyamalan., 18 October 2005
Author: Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario

The 70's and 80's produced what I consider to be the best horror films ever made. There were more independent films being made 20 and 30 years ago and that led to less studio intervention. I seriously doubt Sam Raimi could have made his classic gore fest THE EVIL DEAD if The Weinsteins were behind the scenes. And I know for a fact that Tobe Hooper would never have gotten away with what he did to make Texas CHAINSAW MASSACRE as shock inducing as he did. And finally, what I consider is the most disturbing film ever made, never would have been made if guys like Michael Ovitz were behind it. Could you imagine if Ovitz was visiting the set of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, took a look at the dailies and then said, "okay, that intestine part has to go, the slapping of the naked girls has to be trimmed down and the fellatio part has to be edited." Last House would not be the classic that it is today and it certainly would not be a paradigm to all horror films that many aspire to make today.

Now, what we have are a plethora of films that follow in M. Night Shyamalan's footsteps after his monster and genre defining hit SIXTH SENSE. It's a great film that puts the suspense back in horror. And as much as I love Sixth Sense, as much as I respect what Shyamalan has done to help redefine horror, too many of today's film makers try to emulate him and screw things up.

HIGH TENSION, for the first 80 minutes of the movie is a true testament to the basic primal animal that we are, or can be. It is an uncompromising and relentless attack of our senses, our nerves and our being. It shreds the neo horror film ideology that THE RING and Sixth Sense seemed to invent and instead grabs a hold of your intestines and squeezes and then twists. It is about as intense of a film as I have seen in quite some time. While not as sick and depraved as Last House on the Left, it treads in the same water. This has the look and feel of a 70's guts on the wall horror film and for that, I applaud Alexandre Aja for writing and directing a film that looks like it had very little studio intervention and as such the film is about as shocking a film as you will see from any North American distributed film.

High Tension's strength is that it is about as violent and blood soaked as any film from the period that it pays homage to. Gone is the horror film blueprint that teens seem to love today. This is a film made by a director that grew up perhaps admiring some of the greats from three decades ago. You can see homages to films like Friday THE 13TH, MADMAN, THE STEPFATHER, and of course Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There are at least 4 scenes in this film that truly shocked me. The violence is real, it is macabre and it is brutal. Blood spills, it flows, and it sprays. I have never seen someone get their throat slit, but I would imagine it would something like it does in this film.

The pace of the film is frenetic and at about the twenty minute mark, the dialogue pretty much stops and what we have is a cat and mouse game. Aja does his talking with chainsaws, barbed wire and a switchblade. There is much attention to detail in this film and I guess that sort of justifies the end, which is about as beguiling as any legerdemain present in any of the films since Sixth Sense.

The ending has to be mentioned because as I'm sure many of you know by now, the ending is unnecessary chicanery. It just didn't need to be there. But to be fair, the film does allude to the road it is embarking on, it just seems like an extrinsic path. The denouement of the film, can be a distraction and take away from the raw emotion the film does a great job of making you feel up until this point. And if you examine the film, you'll realize that what you have seen for the last 80 minutes is pretty much impossible. I took all of that into consideration before writing this review. And what it comes down to is this: The films is so perfect before the preposterous ending, that you can kind of ignore the impossibilities and chicanery. If you can just see the film for all of its brilliance before the last ten minutes, you'll love the pure terror that this film presents us with. But just a word of warning. The ending is misleading and dishonest.

This film is an amalgamation of Last House and Sixth Sense. The twist, which may have been attractive to the talking heads in charge of the studio, also takes away from the artistic integrity of the film. I, as other reviewers have mentioned, would much rather a psycho killer gone mad than a film that has to deceive us with a SLEEPAWAY CAMP type slap in the face. While Sleepaway Camp is a good film but not nearly in the class of High Tension, the ending fit there. Here, it is just plain wrong.

High Tension scores a 9/10 from me because it is about as good a horror film I have seen in the last ten years. The last 10 minutes drags it down to a 9 instead of a 10, but this film is raw, it is primal and it is made with ingenuity and care and it is a true homage to the horror films that I grew up with. This is truly a must see for any horror fan.

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