|HIGH TENSION (SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE/HAUTE TENSION) (director/writer: Alexandre Aja; screenwriter: Grégory Levasseur; cinematographer: Maxime Alexandre; editor: Baxter; music: François Eudes; cast: Cécile De France (Marie), Maïwenn Le Besco (Alex), Philippe Nahon (Delivery Man Killer), Andrei Finti (Alexi's Mom), Oana Pellea (Alex's dad), Marco Claudiu Pascu (Alex's Little Brother), Frank Khalfoun (Jimmy), Jean-Claude De Goros.(Police Captain); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Alexandre Arcady/ Robert Benmussa; Lions Gate Films; 2003-France-in French and dubbed English, with English subtitles)|
|"Its conclusion can be viewed as a
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Alexandre Aja ("The
Hills Have Eyes"/"Horns"/"Mirrors") writes and directs
this ultra-violent, women-in-peril, slasher flick. The
twenty-something Aja gets help for the blood-drenched
script from Grégory Levasseur.
It appeals to those viewers who can never get enough
gore from a massacre psycho film.
The pic opens in a hospital with a battered young woman named Marie (Cécile de France) in a hospital gown whispering aloud under her breath that "I will never let anything come between us again." She's being recorded on video to tell her recent nightmarish tale of being forced into a hero's role to save her classmate.
The tomboyish Marie and her party-gal college
friend Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco)
are en route to the isolated country
farmhouse home of Alex's parents to cram for their
upcoming exams. On the first night of their stay
at the farmhouse, a local serial killer delivery man (Philippe
Nahon) slaughters Alex's
parents (Andrei Finti, Oana
Pellea), her little brother (Marco
Claudiu Pascu) and the family dog. Meanwhile
Alex is left gagged and hogtied in back of the van, as
the psycho's hostage. Marie is not spotted as she
hides in the guest room, and decides to sneak onto the
van in order to try and save her friend when the van
hits the road.
three-quarters of the film the realistic violence
shown makes for a difficult and terrifying watch, but
within context of the slasher genre norms. but in the
final quarter the story switches gears to go
experimental and its conclusion can be viewed as a
sicko story features a beheading with a piece of
furniture and a little boy killed with a shotgun.
REVIEWED ON 11/1/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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