High Tension
Review written on: October 27th, 2005

High Tension Review

In a French turned English NC-17 slasher thriller, I was happy to see something in a movie that we hardly get to see anymore. Nowadays all these “horror” and “suspense” movies have some supernatural demon or ghost or whatnot killing innocent people.

But alas, High Tension doesn’t have a demon, ghost or anything else… other than a derranged killer, who has no apparent reason for slicing and dicing women. Maybe it’s because he’s a disgusting fat pig who can’t get a real woman. Maybe not. Either way, don’t tell him I said that.

The movie promises lots of blood and guts with it’s NC-17 rating. And it delivers on all counts. All the things you wish that you got to see in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, are in this movie. People getting their heads chopped off, arms cut off, stabbed, cut with a circular saw, hit with axes. It’s all here. And it’s all graphic. Those French really know how to do things (That’s probably because they have all that free time. Ya know, not partaking in a war leaves you with a big void in the afternoons).

My only gripe is that near the end of this movie, it all falls apart. It seems that any “horror” movie made nowadays has to try to throw in some twisted ending, to make you go “holy crap!”, and this one isn’t far from the norm. I was so happy with this movie, until the last 10 minutes or so. All the blood, and gore, and killing made me happy. The fact that it wasn’t a ghost doing it, was even more so. We haven’t seen a good straight up killer, with no motive, since Nightmare on Elm Street, or Halloween. But then they had to go all “oh yea, you thought it was all done! well AHA!”, and try to be all clever and mess with your head. And to boot, they did it very poorly. Without giving away the ending’s spoiler, it’s almost as if the entire last ten minutes of this movie was an after thought. Almost as if the screeners of movie didn’t work out so well, so they went back to the woods and shot a few more minutes, with some twisted ending.

It was like watching Fight Club, where you get to the ending, and they flash back, and you’re like “holy shit, he IS Tyler”, but there was no flash back. And the “I’m the killer” routine didn’t fly. There was no evidence to support it, and nothing made sense. If it was the case of a split personality, my question is: When Marie was in the back of the truck, riding with Alex, who was in the front driving the truck and drinking the booze? Doesn’t make sense.

The last ten minutes of this movie ruined it for me. However, if you want to see a great gore movie, with tons of mediocre special effects, check this one. The DVD is definitely worth picking up, and just in time for Halloween too!


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