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High Tension (2003)

Haute tension (original title)
R | | Horror | 10 June 2005 (USA)
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Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

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Alexandre Aja
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cécile de France ... Marie (as Cécile De France)
Maïwenn ... Alexia
Philippe Nahon ... Le tueur
Franck Khalfoun ... Jimmy
Andrei Finti ... Père Alex
Oana Pellea ... Mère Alex
Marco Claudiu Pascu Marco Claudiu Pascu ... Tom
Jean-Claude de Goros Jean-Claude de Goros ... Capitaine Gendarmerie
Bogdan Uritescu Bogdan Uritescu ... Gendarme
Gabriel Spahiu ... Homme voiture
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Storyline

Alexia travels with her friend Marie to spend a couple of days with her family in their farm in the country. They arrive late and they are welcomed by Alexia's father. Late in the night, a sadistic and sick killer breaks into the farmhouse, slaughters Alexia's family--including their dog--and kidnaps Alexia. Marie hides from the criminal and tries to help the hysterical and frightened Alexia, chase the maniac, and disclose his identity in the end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hearts will bleed.

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic bloody killings, terror, sexual content and language. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Italy | Romania

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Tension See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,897,705, 12 June 2005

Gross USA:

$3,681,066

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,291,958
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS (US version)| Dolby Digital (US version)| Dolby Digital EX (original version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to director Alexandre Aja four different locations were used for Alexia's house, but the set dressing and editing make it appear as one location. See more »

Goofs

The perspective of the video security camera in the gas station changes twice. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Marie: I won't let anyone come between us any more.
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Alternate Versions

Lions Gate cut about 2 minutes for the US theatrical release to secure a "R" rating. The changes were:
  • Alex's father is graphically decapitated with a bookcase, his headless neck spraying blood. In the R-rated version, the initial killing is implicit rather than explicit, and later, during a flashback, his killing is gone.
  • The scene of the killer applying a concrete saw to the stomach of the man driving the car was edited shorter
  • When Alex's mother has her throat slashed, the scene is edited short; most of the arterial spurting, as the killer pulls back her head, is gone. The shot of her severed hand also is removed, leaving no indication of what exactly happened to her.
  • The scene where Marie strikes the killer's face in with the barbed wire post is shortened and less explicit; Marie hits the killer fewer times, and there are fewer details of the killer's wounds shown.
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Connections

References Torso (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaway Girl
by U. Roy
(U. Beckford / T. Robinson)
Excerpt from the album Dread in Babylon
1975 by EMI Virgin Music Ltd.
By permission from Editions EMI Virgin Music Publishing France
All rights reserved worldwide
(p) 1975 Virgin Records Ltd
By kind permission of EMI Music France / Label Virgin
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Highly violent, highly loud, highly derivative...and highly well made
30 June 2004 | by cfisanickSee all my reviews

"High Tension" is clearly intended as a cheery throwback to those halcyon days circa 1980 when you could see "Driller Killer," "Maniac," and "Nightmare" back-to-back in a center city grindhouse where the house lights never went up, only one seat in the place didn't reek of urine and sweat, and the poor teenage usher and concession stand worker huddled together in the lobby under a bare light bulb to avoid being knifed to death by some crazed street person. Of course, this film, while being just about the most violent film in recent memory, is French, somewhat arty, and extremely well made, certainly at odds with the subject matter of its homage. If a straight-ahead slasher film throwback with no self-reflective winking to the audience is your thing, then this will be your thing too. Otherwise, it just is what it is: well-made exploitation fare, right down to the silly, slap-your-head-and-say-"doh" final twist, just like back in the day.


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