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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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 »
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 »
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.
As a horror film fan, I have wanted to see "High Tension" for a while, ever since I saw the delectably violent trailer and clips. It does not disappoint in the gory violence department, but I found it to be too short, with an abrupt ending. Still, the film is a haunting exploration of the darkest corners of the human psyche; a portrait that doubles, or maybe masquerades, as a slasher.
Cécile De France is good in the role of Marie, showing grit, nerve and, dare I say, tension when the role calls for it. Maïwenn Le Besco is also good as Alex, although her role does not demand much from her, except for a few scenes of considerable emotional range.
Two of the best aspects of the film are its cinematography and music. Cinematographer Maxime Alexandre paints the film in bluish, metallic, detached hues, that contribute to the effects of truly unapologetic on-screen violence. Composer François Eudes' score is an audio picture of disturbed peace and chaos brewing in the idyll of normalcy. Had it not been for these two elements, the film would not have been half as effective.
"High Tension" is not a must-see film by any means, but it is a must for art-house and horror film fans.
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