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High Tension

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

This gruesome slasher movie is not for kids.

Movie R 2005 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Bloody, gory, and excessively violent with a bit of suspense

This film is very bloody, gory and excessively violent. It plays a bit with the slasher tropes, especially the middle aged male serial killer trope. It feels derivative and I don't know if there is enough here to offer a substantive rationale as to how the derivativeness offers insight or cinematic satisfaction. The dubbing is off, but maybe that's on purpose and if so...haha.
age 18+

classic French slasher

If you love European thrillers this is a must watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Gruesome and knowingly derivative, HIGH TENSION delivers what it promises: bloody violence, nubile young bodies tense with pain and fear, and screaming victims. If you expect and want to see a peculiarly old-fashioned, low-budget ugliness, this self-serious movie is unsurprising but also quite aware of its ancestry.

Borrowing liberally from 1970s slasher movies by Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven, this film tacks an intriguing addition to standard horror conventions by showing Marie in a closet as she witnesses a slaying, a scene that suggests her responsibility as voyeur. A twist toward the end further challenges conventions and underlines the genre's illogical presumption that viewers take pleasure in observing pain. Making the pain almost too close -- with repeated jump scenes and uncomfortably close camerawork -- the movie doesn't grant much moral or visceral space.

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