High Tension (Haute Tension) was released on June 18, 2003 in its native France, and director Alexandre Aja’s first horror movie did not disappoint. Tightly plotted and spraying so much fake blood that the cameras had to be cleaned out by the next crew to use them, High Tension is one of the finest films of the , a breed of horror movies committed to stretching the boundaries of ultra-violent cinema.
Thirteen years later, High Tension — released in the UK as Switchblade Romance for some bizarre reason — still stands up as a smart, intense horror movie for the ages, truly the thinking fan’s splatter movie. Check out how the cast are faring since they escaped the clutches of Le Teuer…
Actor: Cécile de France
Bloodiest High Tension moment: Brandishing a wire-wrapped fence post
Actor: Maïwenn Le Besco
Bloodiest High Tension moment: Spattered in circular saw spray
Actor: Philippe Nahon
Bloodiest High Tension moment: Getting a -style smack to the face
Actor: Oana Pellea
Bloodiest High Tension moment: Neck torn open from behind
Actor: Andrei Finti
Bloodiest High Tension moment: One of the .
RIP also to the character listed only as ‘Car Guy’, played by Gabriel Spahiu. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time, man!
How does High Tension rank among other ultra-violent French movies?
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