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High Tension (2003)

Haute tension (original title)
R | | Horror | 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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Alexandre Aja
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6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cécile de France ... Marie (as Cécile De France)
Maïwenn ... Alexia
Philippe Nahon ... Le tueur
Franck Khalfoun ... Jimmy
Andrei Finti ... Père Alex
Oana Pellea ... Mère Alex
Marco Claudiu Pascu Marco Claudiu Pascu ... Tom
Jean-Claude de Goros Jean-Claude de Goros ... Capitaine Gendarmerie
Bogdan Uritescu Bogdan Uritescu ... Gendarme
Gabriel Spahiu ... Homme voiture
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Someone is hunting everyone around her... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Cécile de France did most of the stunt driving during the car chase through the woods. See more »

Goofs

When the killer is walking along opening the toilet doors in search of Marie, you can see the camera reflected in the white tiles on the walls of the restroom. See more »

Quotes

Le tueur: [in French; subtitled] Hey, Jimmy. How are you?
Jimmy: [in French] Good.
Le tueur: On your own tonight?
Jimmy: Yeah, weekends are slow.
Le tueur: So they left you to mind the store?
Jimmy: I guess.
Le tueur: This the ideal place to bring girls. Don't tell me it's never happened.
Jimmy: If I did, my boss would fire me.
Le tueur: [chuckles] Seriously. The old ladies that drive through. Don't tell me they never asked for your services. Ain't that right, Jimmy?
Jimmy: [getting nervous] Yeah, I guess.
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Alternate Versions

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. See more »

Connections

Featured in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Question!
Written by Serj Tankian
Performed by System of a Down
Produced by Rick Rubin
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User Reviews

 
Would have loved this BUT...
7 March 2005 | by mr__hydeSee all my reviews

As many reviewers have said, this is one of the best body pile slashers films made ever, certainly in the last few years. Buckets of blood, great makeup and special effects, and some seriously genius ways of offing the good guys. But we also get one of the stupidest plot twists ever that not only ruins the vibe of the film, but makes the whole script seem completely incoherent. On multiple viewings you see the direction around this twist is actually quite well done, tons of small hints and some gross additions are noticed, but it's not worth it at all. If there was no plot twist, this would have easily gotten a 9 in my book, but it's lucky it got the 6 with that dumb idea tacked on for no reason.


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Country:

France | Italy | Romania

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,897,705, 12 June 2005

Gross USA:

$3,681,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,291,958
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS (US version)| Dolby Digital (US version)| Dolby Digital EX (original version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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