Box art for High Tension

High Tension

foreign, horror

Marie and Alexia are classmates and best friends. Hoping to prepare for their college exams in peace and quiet, they decide to spend a weekend in the country at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

This gruesome slasher movie is not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is not for children. It contains multiple horrific murders (by knives, axes, circular saws, and other sharp implements, as well as a shotgun), frightening and frequent jump scenes, a long shot of a girl in the shower, a girl's masturbation, a dead dog, drinking, smoking, cursing, an implied blow job (below a truck window frame) by a decapitated head. Lesbianism is associated with insanity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal and specific gender dynamics of slasher movies. Formulaic and brutal, this subset of horror usually features two types of girls (sometimes overlapping): fearful victims and resilient fighters, as well as monsters whose defeat translates into their own emasculation. Does their doubleness make female characters seem untraditionally strong or stereotypically frail? How does the rural class setting or underclass killer reinforce stereotypes of ignorant, brutal "hicks"?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    reviews counted: 27
    see all High Tension reviews
  • Audience


Top Critic Reviews


- Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: Gory European gothic horror doesn't come any grittier and weirder than it does when a couple of would-be lesbian college girlfriends retreat to a weekend at the secluded farmhouse of one of their parents to study for their final exams.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: A cinematically sound but sub-par horror flick readied for the American mass market by the addition of English credits and some truly atrocious dubbing.

- David N. Butterworth,, Saturday, August 11, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

one of the many "secret window endings" that i saw after secret window came out. take that away it was a good time-killer

- LoughnerWasLucid, Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 stars

"I won't let anyone come between us anymore." High Tension is aptly named. This French exercise in horror gets a tight grip on you early on, and doesn't let go. Fans of slashers and thriller movies will definitely be pleased with those aspects of High Tension. There are several scenes that are just exquisitely suspenseful, and it's violent and gory in exactly the right ways. So why not an even higher rating? Two reasons. The first is that the movie isn't nearly as good on subsequent viewings as it was the first time around. This is directly related to the second reason, which is the direction the story takes in the final act. Some people will be able to roll with it just fine, while others will feel that the plot takes an absolutely ludicrous turn. I couldn't really argue against either point of view. I think the movie might have been even better (and more plausible upon re-watching) if it didn't try to be quite so clever, but I still enjoyed it quite a lot the first time that I saw it. If you're looking for more horror in the vein of a movie like The Strangers, you owe it to yourself to give High Tension a try. Just be aware that it's a pretty polarizing movie, and there's no telling which side of the fence you may end up on by the finale.

- lewiskendell, Sunday, July 25, 2010

3 stars

Simply fantastic, there are not enough movies out here today that follow such suit. Why french horror is probably one of my fave types. Review, TBC.

- CrookedlittleB33, Saturday, April 3, 2010