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Director Alexandre Aja, who wrote this with Gregory Levasseur, doesn't have a gift for horror suspense so much as a compleat geek knowledge of all the superior scare flicks that have preceded High Tension.
Like the fairly recent Cabin Fever and like earlier slasher films of that grisly ilk, High Tension takes a fairly straightforward approach to its essential reason for being, namely the stagecraft of death.
Aja takes his time with his film, correctly building tension by letting his camera linger on Marie as she hears screams and slashes and rarely letting the air out to give moviegoers a chance to breathe.