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
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.
Nasty, ghastly French slasher flick's gut-churning tension is undermined by a head-scratching plot turn.
| Original Score: 3/5
Aja takes the strongest elements from countless influences and weaves them together... While this is a slightly derivative tactic, it never feels weighted in unoriginality...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
| Original Score: 3/4
Finally! Finally we have a horror movie released in 2005 that is worth watching!
You have to give it to the filmmakers for their contempt of convention: no foreplay, no teasing, no steady buildup of dread, just a knock on the door and the slaughterer is there.
A chainsaw-cut above recent entries in the genre: a pure, unapologetic, unironic homage to the likes of Friday the 13th that respectfully salutes all the old shtick.
An alternately shocking, creepy and fiendishly suspenseful ride.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
You will be terrified or disgusted or both, which is exactly the way it was back in the day.
A French slasher film that strives to be the slasher film to end all slasher films -- and comes close to succeeding.
| Original Score: C+
[A] shocking, provocative, unforgettable movie about how women are too often overlooked, ignored, underestimated, and misunderstood...
Is there such a thing as 'art-house gore'? Why yes...there is.
| Original Score: 8/10
The movie resists granting moral or visceral space.