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cover: High Tension (US release)

High Tension (US release)

Director(s): Alexandre Aja

Theatrical Release: 2003

Cast: Cecile De France, Maïwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Andrei Finti, Oana Pellea

Genre(s): Horror, Dean's List

Countries: France

Location in store: Horror

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Ant Rating
Running Time: 91m.

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 (


U.S. Release DVD Special Features:

+ U.S. Unrated English-dubbed version

+ Original French language Director's Cut version

+ DVD Introduction with Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur

+ Commentary with Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur

+ Haute Horror - Making of High Tension

+ Building Tension

+ Giannetto De Rossi: The Truth, the Madness and the Magic

+ Selected Scenes Commentary with Alexandre Aja and Cecile De France