Saturday, November 27, 2010

Haute tension

The movie High Tension comes out of France and has helped catapult French horror into the leading makers of absolute bloodbath horror films. High Tension provides you with more than enough blood and murder. If you enjoy bloody movies like Dead Alive and Zombi 2 than you should enjoy the absolute brutal nature of High Tension.

Marie, played by Cécile De France, and Alexia, played by Maïwenn Le Besco, two students heading to the country to find some peace and quiet so they can study. Nothing special about this plot because almost every single horror movie involves a group of people traveling to the middle of nowhere to get away from it all and finding only murder, terror and death in the form of some maniac redneck, psycho or demonic entity. The movie starts with the standard false scare as Alex runs into the cornfield because she saw something. Everyone quivers in fake terror because they know this is just some silly practical joke. We meet Alex’s family, who seem to be a nice enough bunch, and as soon as everyone goes to bed we begin the insane bloodbath.

A crazy man in a crazy looking truck, this reminds me of Jeepers Creepers, shows up and brutally murders everyone except for Alex, who he chains up for later fun, and Marie, who he cannot find because she has cleverly hidden her luggage and hides from the killer. Amazingly the killer does not find her anywhere in the house or when Marie hides in his truck with her friend Alex, who is bound and gagged and terrified beyond belief.

We make our way to a gas station where Marie escapes from the truck and successfully hides from the killer in the gas station and then in the men’s restroom. The killer naturally murders the clerk; we saw that coming now didn’t we? Marie then takes the dead clerks Ford, with a hilarious Confederate flag license plate on the trunk, and chases after this insane killer and his truck. The movies pace never lets up as it becomes a relentless hunt with death as the only conclusion.
This leads us to the ending of the movie, because the movie has to end at some point. The movie has perhaps one of the dumbest endings I have ever seen. The only saving grace for the ending is movies like ‘White Noise.’ I won’t spoil the ending but it is rather preposterous and makes about as much sense shooting yourself in the foot with a shotgun to prove how tough you are. The ending pretty much makes half the scenes of the movie make no sense unless you discount them as hallucinations.

The ending is just a small part of the film and since most horror films end pretty badly it doesn’t ruin the movie that much. I watched the movie for the violence and bloodshed, just like everyone else and in that aspect High Tension delivered.

2.5/5 stars.

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