So everyone told me if I want some ultraviolence, I should really watch ‘High Tension’. Umm. Why? Because I just did and it was kinda… boring and uninspired. Not to say illogical, but that I don’t mind. It’s just…
Is there a story? Hm. Not really. There are two girls, Marie and Alexis, and they go to the country side to visit Alexis’ parents who bought an old farm house. And then, a mad killer shows up, slaughters the family and kidnaps Alexis, while Marie can hide and tries to help her friend. For a very – very – long time this is rape’n’revenge without rape or revenge.
When I wondered when the damn movie would finally be over for the 15th time; it was after the 6th “chasing in dark woods with nothing really happening” scene – someone heard my prayers. Something did happen. Marie turns out to be a lesbian split personality mad killer with a chainsaw. Kinda. My little problem is – if she imagined it all… which is a problem in itself… how did she chase herself in a car while driving a truck?
Something doesn’t add up here. Plus, it is quite annoying, or the reason why I simply don’t get it, that the English language selection still results in a movie half English and half French. Since my French isn’t too bombastic and there are not even ANY other language subtitles for the scenes I don’t understand, I might have missed some really important things. ‘High Tension’ is bloodier than ‘Frontier(s)’ and ‘Hostel’, I give it that. But that doesn’t make it a good movie. The gore – if you can call it that – comes, it is uninspired – it gets as original as axe murder; or it is plain illogical and painfully unrealistic. You can NOT decapitate someone with a shoeboard. You just can’t. I also have my doubts you can cut off someone’s hands completely with a razor, including bones, within two minutes.
Famous last words: I still feel pretty tense. Guess I just go watch something bloodier.