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High Tension (R)

Release Date: June 10th , by Lions Gate Films.
The Cast: Cecile De France, Maiwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon
In French with subtitles and some English dubbing.

BASIC PREMISE: A young woman (De France) hides from a vicious killer who has kidnapped her friend (Le Besco) and murdered her friend’s family.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: There are many elements that make this film very frightening. First of all, the soundtrack builds up a nice scare in many scenes. Then there’s the cinematography and editing that makes you jump precisely at the right time. There are a few false scares, but they work just as well as the real ones. 99% of the scenes take place at night, which is very typical of a horror film. There is plenty graphic violence for all you gore fans out there—some of which is difficult to watch. What really works to make this film stand out from a lot of other horror films is that the killer is visible, but he only mumbles a sentence or two throughout the entire film. Therefore, the killer is revealed but he still remains a mystery. There are also a few unexpected plot twist, especially a big one that very few will be able to guess. The acting is believable—the actresses act frightened just as much as you do.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: There is not much to take away from this film except that you its advised that you look through the peephole before you open your front door, especially at night.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: The final twist is difficult to accept and comes off as confusing and too shocking at first. Also, part of the film is dubbed in a way that is unconvincing if you look at the actresses’ lips.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A disturbing, horrifying film with lots of gore, a scary soundtrack, and a shocking twist ending that will linger in your mind for days.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st run)

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