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High Tension (Switchblade Romance) Reviews

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Cole Smithey
July 2, 2009
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 | Original Score: B+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Disturbing, demented, gory and one of the best horror films I've seen in a while...
Lucius Gore
June 18, 2008
The last three fourths of this film are basically like the last five minutes of Halloween -- total fear and total suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
Haute Tension is like a French art-house essay on slasher-movie cliches, and as such is good nasty fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
In its best moments, the film is reminiscent of such seminal slasher pictures as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.
Johnny Butane
Dread Central
January 30, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 4, 2005
Haute bloodbath.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
August 12, 2005
The French slasher High Tension definitely lives up to the promise of its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
June 16, 2005
Nasty, ghastly French slasher flick's gut-churning tension is undermined by a head-scratching plot turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
June 14, 2005
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
June 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 11, 2005
Finally! Finally we have a horror movie released in 2005 that is worth watching!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 10, 2005
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 10, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 10, 2005
An alternately shocking, creepy and fiendishly suspenseful ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 10, 2005
You will be terrified or disgusted or both, which is exactly the way it was back in the day.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 10, 2005
A French slasher film that strives to be the slasher film to end all slasher films -- and comes close to succeeding.
| Original Score: C+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 10, 2005
[A] shocking, provocative, unforgettable movie about how women are too often overlooked, ignored, underestimated, and misunderstood...
John Venable
June 10, 2005
Is there such a thing as 'art-house gore'? Why yes...there is.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cynthia Fuchs
June 10, 2005
The movie resists granting moral or visceral space.
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