High Tension

Theatrical Release: June 10, 2005
High Tension


Two worlds collide disastrously — a rusted delivery van barrels through cornfields; meanwhile, Alex has brought her friend Marie to spend the weekend at her parents’ country farmhouse to escape the hectic pace of Paris. Behind the van’s wheel, the driver caresses ripped photos of young women; at the same time the girls get ready for bed dishing girly gossip. At the end of the road lies an isolated house, caught in the van’s headlights; as the girls close their eyes, an intruder is about to turn their innocent dreams into a relentless and bloody nightmare.

Dove Review

The title for this film was appropriate at times as I found myself highly tense during some scenes. There were some sick and twisted elements, especially a scene where a man uses a girl’s decapitated head to pleasure himself sexually. The film is dubbed in English with occasional scenes subtitled, but I did feel that the producers did an excellent job avoiding the sound and picture not lining up. The theme reminded me of “The Secret Window” especially with the huge twist in the end. However, they did a poor job at the end connecting with the scenes in the beginning. It was very confusing trying to decipher some events.

While much of this film was suspenseful it had a “slasher” feel to it. All of the murders were gory as the bodies were mutilated. Also included are scenes that show a girl masturbating and a woman revealing her breasts. Those, combined with the warped scene with the decapitated head are enough to discourage me from watching anymore French films.

Content Description

Sex: Woman shown masturbating, man pleasures himself with decapitated head, women talk about sexual encounters.
Language: 4 F, 4 S, 2 A, 1 B, 1 D, 1 GD, 2 sl*t, b*astard.
Violence: Bloody, gory wounds and violence throughout entire film. Woman's throat slit, man chopped in chest with axe, woman stabbed, man ripped apart by circular saw. Blood shown squirting, dripping, or pooling.
Drugs: Cigarettes smoked by couple people. Man drinks and drives.
Nudity: Woman's breasts shown in shower.
Occult: None


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur
Director: Alexandre Aja
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 85 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge