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The Musings of an Eccentric Diva

Welcome to the Musings of an Eccentric Diva. My motto is: Giving Hollyweird movies the finger one movie at a time. Enter at your own risk (insert evil Vincent Price laughter here).
 


MOVIE REVIEW: High Tension 2003

French college students and buddies Marie (Cecille De France) and Alex (Maiwenn Le Besco) take a break from studies to visit Alex’s family at a secluded farmhouse. Everyone retires to their respective bedrooms at the end of the night and all of a sudden, the doorbell rings. The father answers the call and all hell breaks loose. A huge, scary psycho (Phillipe Nahon) butchers the entire family (including the damn dog) and takes Alex hostage. Marie witnesses the entire event and decides to follow the killer’s van to save her friend. Using a series of weapons to defend herself, Marie must rely on her wits and strength to outsmart the killer. The audience is taken on a roller coaster ride as the killer makes several stops along the way to his final killing destination with Marie hot on his trail. I can’t tell you much more about this film without giving away all the goodies….so no more spoilers from me y’all!

The Eccentric Diva is no chicken but this film scared the hell out of me! There are only two films I’ve ever watched in my adult years that had me so tightly wound, I was almost ready to either turn them off or walk out of the theater. This was one of them. The other film I will reveal when I review it in the coming days. While watching this film, I felt a horrible sense of dread….similar to the feeling of walls closing in on you. The actress who played Marie did such a great job, and boy was she hot! I truly felt her terror and determination to save her friend. That’s why the ending just totally blew me out of the water. As I’ve stated before, I’m pretty good at guessing the plot before the ending of a film but I was so wrapped up in this one, I didn’t see it coming. The big reveal was like a shotgun blast! I had to go back and rewatch the film, and I STILL couldn’t figure out the clues. Overall this is a superb psychological thriller and it satisfied the gore hound in me. This film comes in a subtitled and a dubbed version. I would suggest trying to snag the original, uncut version with subtitles, you won’t be sorry. Containing scenes of extreme gore and violence, this film is not recommended for kiddies or chickens!

VERDICT: 4 Soul Claps

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