High Tension (Switchblade Romance)
High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 10, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: There is indeed a good amount of tension in this French slasher, but the dubbing is bad and the end twist unbelievable.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

An extremely well-made, very grisly and ultimately dishonest slasher film that's too clever for its own good.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

A lame exercise, delivering shameless thrills at the expense of logic and genuine suspense.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its conclusion can be viewed as a major disappointment.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Very bloody, sometimes difficult to watch and sometimes just tiresome.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This is sick. And sickening.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Disturbing, demented, gory and one of the best horror films I've seen in a while...

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Sherwell
Part of the 'New French Extremity' movement, Alexandre Aja's 'Haute Tension' (High Tension/Switchblade Romance) is a heart-pounding… More
Alex roy
Over the years, France has turned out quite a few effective, chilling and gory horror films; High Tension directed by Alexandre Aja is such a film. An effective… More
Chris Weber
In preparation for upcoming exams, co-eds Marie and Alex head out to the country home of Alex's family for a quiet weekend of rest and studying. Things… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
one of the many "secret window endings" that i saw after secret window came out. take that away it was a good time-killer
Jack Hawkins
'Switchblade Romance' is a violent, cruel horror film that adopts the conventions from slasher films such as 'Halloween' and adds a… More
Lewis C.
"I won't let anyone come between us anymore." High Tension is aptly named. This French exercise in horror gets a tight grip on you early on, and… More