ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

High Tension (Haute Tension) was released on June 18, 2003 in its native France, and director Alexandre Aja's first horror movie did not disappoint. Tightly plotted and spraying so much fake blood that the cameras had to be cleaned out by the next crew to use them, High Tension is one of the finest films of the New French Extremity, a breed of horror movies committed to stretching the boundaries of ultra-violent cinema.

Thirteen years later, High Tension — released in the UK as Switchblade Romance for some bizarre reason — still stands up as a smart, intense horror movie for the ages, truly the thinking fan's splatter movie. Check out how the cast are faring since they escaped the clutches of Le Teuer...


Actor: Cécile de France

Bloodiest High Tension moment: Brandishing a wire-wrapped fence post


Actor: Maïwenn Le Besco

Bloodiest High Tension moment: Spattered in circular saw spray

Le Teuer

Actor: Philippe Nahon

Bloodiest High Tension moment: Getting a Lucille-style smack to the face

Alex's mother

Actor: Oana Pellea

Bloodiest High Tension moment: Neck torn open from behind

Alex's father

Actor: Andrei Finti

Bloodiest High Tension moment: One of the finest horror movie decapitations EVER.

The minor characters: they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time!

'Car Guy' - Gabriel Spahiu

Jimmy the Store Clerk - Franck Khalfoun

How does High Tension rank among other ultra-violent French movies?

Source: IMDb, Tumblr, FSHG


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