Friday, October 14, 2011

High Tension (2003)

High Tension

Written by Alexandre Aja & Grégory Levasseur
Directed  by Alexandre Aja

Marie...Cécile De France
Alex...Maïwenn Le Besco
La Tueur (The Killer)...Philippe Nahon

College girls Marie and Alex head to Alex's family's country home for a little uninterrupted study time. It's interrupted almost right off the bat, though, when a lunatic auto mechanic breaks into the house and kills everyone except for Alex (whom he ties up and takes in his truck) and Marie (whom he never even finds).

Marie, desperate to save her friend (and secret lesbian crush), pursues him, first by stowing away in the back of his truck and later by chasing him down in a soiled up muscle car.

This movie has everything a guy could want: lesbians, masturbation, lots of gruesome kills, copious bloodshed, tension (of the high variety, apparently), suspense, action, car chases...and boobs.

The killer is quite menacing in a psychotic blue collar sort of way, not talking much but grunting and snorting a lot, occasionally chuckling dementedly. Marie is a fine heroine, pixie-like but strong and capable, like a slasher version of Sigourney Weaver's Ripley. For the most part, we don't have the time to get to know the victims, so we don't care much when they're killed. All that we care about is whether or not Marie can successfully save Alex...and whether or not they'll kiss at the end.

Truth be told, the first time I saw this movie, I fucking loved it...right up until the forced "twist" ending that pretty much ruined everything that had come before it.

(***FAKE SPOILER ALERT: Bruce Willis is really a ghost!***)

Re-watching it proves problematic with the knowledge that you didn't have the first time around. You more easily notice the gaping plot holes and utter impossibilities, and it's exceedingly difficult to lose yourself in the movie.

I can suspend disbelief without problem. But I can not suspend logic.


91 Minutes
French (English dubbed)

"I won't let anyone come between us anymore."


  1. Right again. The twist is so out of left field,and is such a cheat, you can never look at it again (and the more you think about it the more pissed you get). You might as well sell it off, a one-er for sure.

    Keep up the good work,

  2. I love this movie like pancakes and the twist ending never bothered me. Sure it's weird but it makes sense when you're dealing with an unreliable narrator such as Marie. The ending shouldn't spoil the rest of the movie for you, I think, because the gore and everything else in the beginning was FANTASTIC... just stop the movie before the twist from now on and call it good!

  3. I gave High Tension my highest rating ever, I loved it and the twist ending was so utterly delicious that I creamed jeans.

  4. I agree with Michele and Drunketh here, my esteemed J-cousin - the twist ending doesn't actually have to make "sense" because half of what we're being told/shown is from the perspective of an utter lunatic, so there would naturally be gaping plot holes, just as there are in real life when accused murderers make up bullshit stories. It doesn't always have to be nice and tidy! Plus, that last scene where Marie reaches out in her manacles, knowing the other girl is there, and Muse's "Newborn" hits again for the credits? Glorious.


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