Posted on 2/26/10 06:40 AM
Let me first state that I completely understand why this movie gets shit on. The twist-and I don't feel I'm giving anything away by saying that there will be a twist, since seemingly every horror film since "The Sixth Sense" has had a twist-is completely nonsensical. Nevermind that this is a low budget French slasher flick, some people want to say that this movie sucks on account of a cheesy plot hole. I think they're missing the point. The twist, when it does come, comes with maybe five minutes left in the film. Up until that point, it's one of the best horror films I've seen. The director has a real command of mood, and the French farmland that he uses as his setting is filled with dread. When the killing starts, the atmosphere becomes almost suffocating, and even knowing how the film will end up it fascinates me to see how it gets there...High Tension is an apt name indeed, as Aja's style kept me on the edge of the seat the first time I saw it, and even still I marvel at the pacing. This movie is extremely gory, and with the exception of a scene involving a stairwell, what impresses me most about this film is the stark realism of it's violence. This is what I really imagine it would look like to kill people, and that both frightens and fascinates me. High Tension isn't for everyone, but if you like bloody horror flicks that seem to be made with horror fans in mind, and you aren't the sort of person who can retroactively un-enjoy a good movie just because it has a silly ending, I definitley recommend this one.