Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian character
Short Take: Bloody, brutal slasher flick in which a young woman’s love for her friend takes a very wrong turn.
Alternate Titles: Haute Tension
Year: 2003
Duration: 85 min
Language: France/French
Director: Alexandre Aja
Writer: Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur
Starring: Cecile De France, Maiwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun, Andrei Finti, Oana Pellea, Marco Claudiu Pascu, Jean-Claude de Goros, Bogdan Uritescu, Gabriel Spahiu

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Marie (Cécile De France) is a college student who goes home with her friend Alex (Maïwenn Le Besco) for a weekend of quiet studying at her family’s home, an isolated farm house in France. Marie has an interest in her friend, and she actually masturbates thinking about her, but Alex mentions a couple times that Marie needs to get a boyfriend.

Uh oh, you know there are usually maniacal killers lurking out in the country. A man comes to the house and sadistically kills Alex’s mother, father and brother, taking Alex with him. Marie hops into the van to try to save her. Talk about gross violence. This is a literal axe murderer who also carries a power saw, and it’s just gore everywhere.

Let’s just say that in the midst of all of this, Marie’s love for Alex takes a negative turn. It’s not a film that I would care to watch again, but I have a friend who appreciates horror flicks, and she liked it for its unique plot twists for the slasher genre.

You can find this film in French with English subtitles, and there is also an English dubbed version.  (AB)