Gory European gothic horror doesn't come any grittier and weirder than it does when a couple of would-be lesbian college girlfriends retreat to a weekend at the secluded farmhouse of one of their parents to study for their final exams.
| Original Score: B+
Disturbing, demented, gory and one of the best horror films I've seen in a while...
The last three fourths of this film are basically like the last five minutes of Halloween -- total fear and total suspense.
| Original Score: 4/4
Haute Tension is like a French art-house essay on slasher-movie cliches, and as such is good nasty fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
A cinematically sound but sub-par horror flick readied for the American mass market by the addition of English credits and some truly atrocious dubbing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
If you're going to make a horror film, I'd recommend ensuring that a) it makes some logical sense, and b) it ain't really %#&* boring.
| Original Score: F
In its best moments, the film is reminiscent of such seminal slasher pictures as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.
It's a movie that needs to be seen by all horror fans because it serves as a reminder of just how good a "slasher film" can be.
| Original Score: B-
The French slasher High Tension definitely lives up to the promise of its title.
An effective but pointless exercise in style (and gore).
| Original Score: 2/4
A brilliantly made, shocking, refreshingly bloody...disappointment,
[S]imply a checklist of familiar gore effects pasted onto an unusually uninvolving story ... miss it, and you miss nothing.
In a remarkable turnaround, the film suddenly lacks the courage to stick with what it does best.
What a nasty piece of business this movie is.
| Original Score: .5/4
More terrifying than Go Fish but less terrifying than the EU Constitution.
| Original Score: 2/5
Questions of 'entertainment' value aside, High Tension boasts an improbability so humbling that a rational person quakes before it.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
a formally brilliant thriller ... Unfortunately, there's a third-act revelation that possibly spoils it by tacking on a needless and potentially offensive explanation
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The language of contemporary hack filmmaking is universal, especially when it comes to the sight of women brutalized by a serial killer.
Nasty, ghastly French slasher flick's gut-churning tension is undermined by a head-scratching plot turn.
| Original Score: 3/5