Haute Tension (2003)

IMDB Rating 8.1/10                        91 min - Rated 18                 Horror | Drama 

Stars:            Cécile De France,  Maïwenn,  Philippe Nahon   Director:      Alexandre Aja

Haute Tension is one of the best horror films you will see in years. It is appropriately gruesome and shocking and does not take the wise cracking, action movie based horror movie approach that so many recent horror films have taken. The film is well made and paced and builds up the suspense to a crescendo and does not overstay it's welcome.  Director, Alexander Aja, does not make a pedestrian, light weight horror film and the deaths in the film are disturbing and brutal. There is no humor or comic relief and the blood literally soaks the camera lens. The sense of dread and the unrelenting suspense and pace makes this a refreshing breath of fresh air from all of the PG-13 rated "Scream" wannabes. Wes Craven had reportedly seen "Haute Tension" at Sundance and has hand picked Alexander Aja to remake "The Hills Have Eyes" and have free artistic licence since Craven had pegged him as the "future of horror." There is even a plot twist which you will either love or hate but it fits in well with the film. The performances by Cecile de France, Maewenn and Philippe Nahon are perfect. All in all, this is a must see for horror movie fans the world over, who have been having to settle for mediocre horror for many years.