Number 1 on the Countdown to Halloween
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Wow! I wanted to find something that would really grab my interest, so I started looking for a Korean horror movie, but nothing did it for me. When I heard about High Tension, I thought that it might be an intense thrill ride for me. But I honestly did not expect the story this movie gave me.
Alex (Maïwenn) invites her friend Marie (Cécile de France) to stay with her at her family’s country home, so they can get some studying done. Unfortunately for the two girls, they ended up in this movie, so studying will just have to wait.
Right from the start things are intense. We see a man, not far from the family’s home, getting a sexual favor in his truck. You don’t think much of that, but suddenly the man throws a severed head out the window and drives off. So we already know there is a twisted fuck in the area, which is an easy way to put the audience on edge right away.
When the girls show up at the house it’s pretty late, so everyone quickly heads off to bed. While everyone else sleeps, Marie stays up to get a little one-on-one time with her hand. The two of them really seem to hit it off. However, things take a weird turn when someone starts ringing the doorbell. Alex’s father gets up to see who it is, but he quickly wishes he just stayed in bed.
The entire family is attacked by a psychotic killer who goes room to room looking for blood. Marie is incredibly smart and does whatever she can to avoid the killer. The same cannot be said for Alex’s family. Soon, Alex is kidnapped. Thankfully, Marie was never found, so she must use this to her advantage to save Alex. The only problem is, the killer is just as smart as she is.
High Tension was insanely good! I watched a trailer for this movie a while ago, but just never thought to actually watch it. But I’m so happy I did because it’s perfect for the number 1 spot on this countdown!
The deaths throughout this movie are vicious! The fact that someone is dying and they show it, is bad enough, but the way they die is intense. I always talk about how much I love creative kills. That’s because I can understand how finding a new way to kill a victim in a story can be hard to do. But I’m always shocked when movies like this come along and just blow my mind.
The story was beautifully written. I have to say, I spent the whole movie writing down the word, “why?” So many people want to make a psycho killer and not explain why they did it. I don’t want to point any fingers, but “Because you were home” is not a good reason. However, High Tension was written with a purpose. They absolutely nailed it! I never saw it coming. When looking back over my notes, I can see where my brain was on the right track, but I just didn’t figure it out. Great work!
Oh my God, yes! High Tension easily allows you brain to put yourself in the victim’s shoes. It’s a story about innocence being hunted for an unknown and unstoppable reason. This gives the feeling of being out of control and you quickly start to feel a knot tighten in your stomach the longer you watch.