2003, France, 87 minutes
Warning: this film is an unrelenting exercise in brutal gory horrorIm not kidding.
Haute Tension is an uncompromising horror film that flies in the face of politically correct teen slasher fare from North America. Taking his cue from the suffocating soundtrack and claustrophobic rhythms of Gaspar Noes tale of urban horror Irreversible (IndieFest 2003), Alexandre Aja layers his visuals with a dense soundscape that envelops the desperate nocturnal chase. Dont bother to close your eyes against the grisly images on the screen, for the soundtrack is every bit as frightening and suffocating.
Toronto International Film Festival
I totally agree. When Haute Tension received its North American premiere in Toronto, it instantly became the Oh my God! Did you see ? film. If your idea of terrifying is The Blair Witch Project, the American remake of The Ring or the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then you dont want to watch this.
But if you want to see something really scary Or, if youre already an aficionado of the hardcore horror that takes you to places you dont want to go, and abandons you therethen step right up. We are only too happy to admit you to this evenings nightmarish exercise in Grand Guignol stalk and slash. Ladies and Gentlemenits almost midnight and the Chamber of Horrors is open for business. Just keep repeating, Its only a movie.
And dont bother looking for comic reliefthere isnt any. If youre laughing at this, then Im afraid of you.