High Tension (Switchblade Romance)
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French filmmaker Alexandre Aja writes and directs the slasher film Haute Tension, given the English title Switchblade Romance. Best friends Marie (Cécile De France) and Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) go out to the countryside to visit Alex's parents. However, a homicidal delivery man (played by Philippe Nahon from Gaspar Noé's brutal movies) ends up at their house and starts killing everyone. Alex and Marie fight for their lives with help from several means of weaponry. Switchblade Romance was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival as part of the Midnight program. The film was aquired by US… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"An extremely well-made, very grisly and ultimately dishonest slasher film that's too clever for its own good."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A lame exercise, delivering shameless thrills at the expense of logic and genuine suspense."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Gory European gothic horror doesn't come any grittier and weirder than it does when a couple of would-be lesbian college girlfriends retreat to a weekend at the secluded farmhouse of one of their parents to study for their final exams."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Haute Tension is like a French art-house essay on slasher-movie cliches, and as such is good nasty fun."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"In its best moments, the film is reminiscent of such seminal slasher pictures as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Very bloody, sometimes difficult to watch and sometimes just tiresome."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Disturbing, demented, gory and one of the best horror films I've seen in a while..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A cinematically sound but sub-par horror flick readied for the American mass market by the addition of English credits and some truly atrocious dubbing."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It's a movie that needs to be seen by all horror fans because it serves as a reminder of just how good a "slasher film" can be."
‑ Johnny Butane, Dread Central
"You have to give it to the filmmakers for their contempt of convention: no foreplay, no teasing, no steady buildup of dread, just a knock on the door and the slaughterer is there."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"This is sick. And sickening."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The last three fourths of this film are basically like the last five minutes of Halloween -- total fear and total suspense."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"If you're going to make a horror film, I'd recommend ensuring that a) it makes some logical sense, and b) it ain't really %#&* boring."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Haute bloodbath."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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