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July 19, 2017
VERY well done movie with a massive twist at the end. Never saw it coming!

Just took a bit to get used to the change from French to English dialogue. The mouth doesn't always match up with what's being said.
½ May 20, 2017
An insane bloodbath. Alexandre Aja's debut, the man behind other movies like The Hills Have Eyes (2006) remake, P2 (2007), Mirrors (2008) and Piranha 3D (2010), isn't actually all that bad, it's pretty thrilling and tense, with a nice touch to the 70's low-budget horror exploitations. And, when you know that the effects were done by Gianetto de Rossi, who previously worked with Lucio Fulci on movies like Zombi (1979), or From Beyond (1981), you can expect this movie to be something. Although, the big twist is beyond my comprehension, the flick would've been even better if it had just been a nromal serial killer, survival film. But overall, it remains a very scary and disturbing movie. Recommended for horror fans !!
April 21, 2017
I Like It When People Brutally Die In Movies.
February 7, 2017
plot twist! nice -- it was "meh" up until the ending.
January 13, 2017
Hard-to-swallow slasher film with a silly ending.
½ December 19, 2016
Saw this on 19/12/16
A liberal dose of gore and a shocking twist make this film memorable though it's paper thin plot sticks out like a sore thumb.
November 23, 2016
Si hay algo que tengo claro del cine francés, es que cuando toca ponerse con esto del terror, no se andan con tonterías. Ya nos lo demostró Georges Franju con su Los Ojos sin Rostro, una cinta que a pesar de tener 56 años sigue siendo tan perturbadora e inquietante como el primer día. No es de extrañar que Franju, y otros autores como H.G. Clouzot (Las Diabólicas, 1955) fueran una fuente de inspiración para los jóvenes directores franceses del siglo XXI. Fruto de los trabajos de estas mentes torturadas los críticos y teóricos dieron cabida a un movimiento que conoceríamos como el Nuevo Extremismo Francés. Aunque esta ola abarcaría más allá del cine de género, es en este en el que encontró su mejor representación. No fueron pocos los artistas y obras asociadas, aunque son cinco los considerados pilares básicos: Ils de D. Moreau y Xavier Palud; Frontière(s) de Xavier Gens; A l'interieur de Alexandre Bustillo y Julien Maury; Martyrs de Pascal Laugier; y la que hoy nos ocupa, Haute Tensión (Alta Tensión) de Alexandre Aja...

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October 26, 2016
Although it is filled with a little bit of holes, as well as some really unrealistic scenes, it is still a great horror, keeps you engaged until the end.
September 3, 2016
holy fuck what a disturbing movie.
July 27, 2016
one of my favorite movvies
July 23, 2016
One of the best thriller/scary movies Ive EVER seen!
½ July 16, 2016
I have to take away one star for the lack of credit to Dean Koontz's novel Intensity, from which the first half of the film copies exactly.

The other half star is taken away for the really crappy title "Switchblade Romance."

Other than these things, the film is worth seeing for its wonderful acting, directing, action, use of gore, and creativity.
½ July 5, 2016
I really loved this movie until I started reading Dean Koontz's Intensity (written 1996), when I realized that they played that novel out scene by scene until close to the very end. I'm disappointed by its un-originality, but I still like how they captured the gory scenes on film. I liked the twist at the end despite its incongruity.
½ June 25, 2016
Nasty and suspenseful, however I don't understand the rationality behind the urge of the contemporary horror film makers to add a major plot twist somewhere along the way. It only worked for Shyamalan once people, and it has been a steady route down garbageville for him since then - so stop it. The twist in this is non sensical, disregards much of what you've seen that far and falls flat on its face. Shame the last 15 minutes spoil a perfect thriller, although I am grateful for the tension - and the gore.
½ May 13, 2016
Let's call this 2/3 a great movie. It's difficult to talk about the film without revealing the twist that pulls the rug out from the whole movie, but let's just say the film has a completely unreliable narrator. I think this works for the first 2 acts. If you watch the film knowing the reveal, you can tell that what's happening onscreen is not only consistent with the reveal, it strongly hints at it occasionally. Aja just seems to totally lose control of the film at a certain point and things happen that really just don't make sense. By the time the twist is revealed, there's action going on onscreen that's quite literally nonsensical given what's really supposed to have happened. Even with it's narrative incoherence, it's a solidly constructed horror film though.
April 26, 2016
Would be a perfect 5 star rating if not for the weak sauce ending. I thoroughly enjoyed 90% of this film. Few horror films ooze genuine suspense as fluidly and stylishly as High Tension.
½ January 13, 2016
so much blood it made me thirsty.
January 9, 2016
Older. Wiser? idk, though years later, this is worth a second watch. I still have the same issues with have the movie couldnt have ever even happened (car chase for example) but its done well, fx are practical, acting in solid, bars are not held back. so 2 more stars for you HT.
ok, all that i knew about HT was the interesting trailer and a beatup looking girl that looked to be somekind of bloody chainsaw/girl runs through woods type of movie. now i'm not really one for the whole "series" of these movies but with everything thats comes outta hollywood these days- it looked to be interesting at least. no name actors, no known directors and a new type of look to the film started it off nicely. i did have some confusion of what the dialog was though since it was badly dubbed yet there was subtitles that came up for selected scenes...very odd. anyway, things were pretty gory and graphic and a few scenes where abit intense, yet done very well and no shortcuts where taken to deliver out the pain that the victims went through at any given death in the movie. so overall i had good things to say about it and i even said outload 30 minutes into it "that they didnt take any longform story buildup, just straight to the point of tre' pissed off redneck". then after a long intense storyline and a refreshing movie experience they pulled the "welcome to the movies of the 21st century plot twist"...your typical, now VERY overdone, very annoying= the killer is the lead character. which before 2 seconds can go by you put the whole movie in perspective and realize that theres no way that the movie could have taken place and no way that the story was even thought out well...so pretty much destroying the whole movie in a matter of seconds. now as soon as this happened and once the movie ended and the discussion between the people in the room started i was teamed up on to "not look at the faults and judge the movie for itself", to which i say- overall it was just a very bleak understanding of pieces the story together at the end since nothing fit that was set up from the start. i was very upset with this one since it started out so good then let me down very harshly...so sad.
½ December 30, 2015
Very sick and exciting movie. Its long time ago I last watch it, and I hope one day to watch it again. :)
December 8, 2015
The sad thing about this movie is that it was perfectly shot for a horror movie. The camera work, lighting and overall cinematography are flat out creepy and create a mood of raw nastiness that is about to be thrust upon you. Add in a top notch score of "New Born" by Muse and everything about this movie is scary, except the actual plot. The movie itself it pretty frightening, with a good concept and as I said had all the making of a great film. But an ending can make or break a movie these days, especially a horror movie. I am not gong to spoil anything for anyone, but when you do realize what is going on not only is it downright impossible, but it is so impossible that it becomes silly. After this movie it is not a question of figuring out anything, but trying to comprehend how they could actually put a story like that together, when it reality, it made absolutely zero sense.
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