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High Tension (Switchblade Romance) Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B+

July 2, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Disturbing, demented, gory and one of the best horror films I've seen in a while...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Lucius Gore
ESplatter

The last three fourths of this film are basically like the last five minutes of Halloween -- total fear and total suspense.

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Haute Tension is like a French art-house essay on slasher-movie cliches, and as such is good nasty fun.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

September 17, 2007
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 27, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: F

June 21, 2007
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

In its best moments, the film is reminiscent of such seminal slasher pictures as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Johnny Butane
Dread Central

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.

Full Review Source: Dread Central | Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Haute bloodbath.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B-

November 4, 2005
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

The French slasher High Tension definitely lives up to the promise of its title.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2005
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

An effective but pointless exercise in style (and gore).

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 2/4

August 4, 2005
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com

A brilliantly made, shocking, refreshingly bloody...disappointment,

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2005

[S]imply a checklist of familiar gore effects pasted onto an unusually uninvolving story ... miss it, and you miss nothing.

Full Review Source: MTV | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 2, 2005
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com

In a remarkable turnaround, the film suddenly lacks the courage to stick with what it does best.

Full Review Source: Lawrence.com | Original Score: 2/4

July 16, 2005
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

What a nasty piece of business this movie is.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4

June 27, 2005
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

More terrifying than Go Fish but less terrifying than the EU Constitution.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

June 26, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Questions of 'entertainment' value aside, High Tension boasts an improbability so humbling that a rational person quakes before it.

Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 23, 2005
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a formally brilliant thriller ... Unfortunately, there's a third-act revelation that possibly spoils it by tacking on a needless and potentially offensive explanation

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 18, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

The language of contemporary hack filmmaking is universal, especially when it comes to the sight of women brutalized by a serial killer.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

June 17, 2005
James Rocchi
Netflix

Nasty, ghastly French slasher flick's gut-churning tension is undermined by a head-scratching plot turn.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

June 16, 2005
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