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 distributor Lions Gate Films in 2004 and quickly put into turnaround as an NC-17 release, though plans for that were scrapped due to a lack of theater support of the controversial rating. Retitled High Tension, the R-rated version is missing one minute of grisly gore and features a redubbed audio track by star Cécile De France. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Yeah, there were a few good horror/gore sequences but overall it left me wanting. I really hoped to understand just how the hell this all went down given the twist ending. I'm not sure the writer/director could even explain it. the film could have been done differently to make the ending make sense (somehow). At any rate, if your a violence/gore fan, check it out. If you want a good story that makes sense, pass it by.
a really taut and suspenseful horror story about a family that is killed at their farm, and the efforts a girlfriend goes through to rescue the one lone survivor. too late we realize we are trapped in a psycho fantasy from which there is no escape. lots of blood and gore and screaming and crying. pretty well-done when you consider the low budget they worked with. there is a wrinkle in the
story line that grabs you at the end but overall it was riveting and I could not look away. Definitely NOT for children. Blood, death, gore, fear, brief nude scene.