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Alexandre Aja (writer)
Grégory Levasseur (writer)
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Release Date:
10 June 2005 (USA) See more »
Hearts will bleed.
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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  (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
Original Music by
François-Eudes Chanfrault  (as François Eudes)
Cinematography by
Maxime Alexandre 
Film Editing by
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 .... set dresser
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
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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Also Known As:
"Haute tension" - France (original title)
"Switchblade Romance" - International (English title), UK (DVD box title)
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Rated NC-17 for strong graphic violence (original rating)
91 min | Germany:85 min (DVD version) | South Korea:84 min (re-cut version) | USA:89 min (edited version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS | SDDS (US version) | Dolby Digital (US version) | Dolby Digital EX (original version)
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:Unrated (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #40702) (edited for re-rating) | USA:NC-17 (original rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The headphones of Marie's personal stereo are Bang & Olufsen A8 headphones.See more »
Continuity: When the car driver is attacked near the end, Alex is showered in blood, including her face and teeth. In the next scenes, her teeth are perfectly white and the blood has dried very quickly.See more »
[repeated line]
Marie:I won't let anyone come between us any more.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in This Means War (2012)See more »
Pillow TalkSee more »


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95 out of 140 people found the following review useful.
Hearts will bleed..., 22 June 2005
Author: RainWeirdo from United States

...and so will faces, slashed throats, dismembered hands, decapitated heads, backs, arms, feet, stomachs, chests... In fact, just about everything that can bleed does bleed in this movie, and does so copiously.

High Tension, aka Switchblade Romance (much better title) is the best horror movie I've seen come out in theaters in years. After so many times hearing "this is the movie horror fans have been waiting for" and then being horribly disappointed by Cabin Fever, The Ring, Malevolence, Darkness, The Grudge, and every single other one, I am throwing my full weight behind this one. Switchblade Romance is the movie real horror movie fans have been waiting for. It's a bloody, merciless, no-humor and no-holds-barred homage to the classic slasher pics of the 70s, and yet it surpasses almost every movie it draws its inspiration from. We get an unstoppable but definitely human killer, far more interesting than, say, Jason or what Michael Myers has now become because of his obviously being human and because he makes some undeniably smart decisions and operates in a continuously logical, inescapable way. The arsenal on display is impressive, as it should be in any decent slasher movie. We get the basic straight razor, the butcher knife, shotgun, axe, and, in an incredible and deliciously violent nod to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the power buzzsaw.

Every aspect of this film is in place. The plot is simple and straightforward, the acting, even dubbed, is interesting (and despite complaints of why only parts of it were dubbed, if you watch closely and pay attention to who speaks French and who is dubbed, it actually makes perfect sense and fits with the movie), the cinematography is strangely artistic, almost gialli-like, the bloodletting stylish and gruesome, the sound design incredible, the tension almost unwavering. The initial horror set piece, the arrival of the killer and the slaughter in the house, is bound to become a well-remembered and oft referenced classic scene of horror. The sheer brutality and stark reality of it ranks it up there, in my mind, with the gut wrenching finale of "Odishon." A quick word on the performances. There's minimal dialogue, but what there is is at least two steps up from most horror films. Its meant to build character, whereas most slasher flick dialogue is there just to drive the plot. Here, we care about the characters, even those who don't get much of a chance to talk, because the situation is so much more real than your average flick and so is the acting. Cecile de France's physical performance is stunning, the fear on her face, the tension in every limb, the breath rate, the pain, everything, and the sheer madness that Maiwenn's character endures is perfectly conveyed by the utter despair she is able to convey even with a gag in her mouth most of the time.

An, of course, a quick word on the ending. Quit complaining! The ending of this movie is great, not only does it take an extremely well made but somewhat shallow gore pic to a whole new level with some interesting things to say about... well, I won't say on account of not spoiling it, but yes, it actually does make sense if you've watched the movie carefully and have enough intellect to think about it on your own rather than just taking at face value what you've seen. I halfway wonder if the twist wasn't in part a snobby French joke Aja decided to play to see if we lulled, summer blockbuster-fed Americans could figure it out and realize that everything works without being spoon-fed exactly how it works.

8 / 10 - which makes it twice as good as the next best horror movie to come out in theatres in a decade. The only thing that keeps it from attaining a perfect 10 is that, although the tension is cranked up high for most of it and the scares are a thing that will haunt you more after walking out of the movie than when you're watching, the suspense does kind of flag unexpectedly in a few key places. Still, given the other 80% of the movie is extremely suspenseful and effectively brutal, this is a small flaw. If you like horror movies, GO SEE IT.

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