Genre: HORROR / CRIME / THRILLER
Release Dates: JUNE 3, 2005 (U.S.)
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U.S. Release Web Site
Taglines: Hearts will bleed.
Production Company: Alexandre Films / Europa Corp.
Two female students, Marie (Cecile De France) and Alex (Maiwenn Le Besco), set off to Alex’s parent’s (played by Finti and Pellea) secluded homestead in the country to relax and study. Come nightfall, a hell-bent intruder pulls up at the front door. Alex is now bound and gagged, taken off, with Marie alluding the intruder. Can she save her friend’s life in time? Or is everything all that it seems.
Crew: Alexandre Aja (co-writer and director); Gregory Levasseur (co-writer); Alexandre Arcady, Luc Besson and Robert Benmussa (producers)
Cast: Cecile De France as Marie, Maiwenn Le Besco as Alex, Philippe Nahon as Le tueur, Franck Khalfoun as Jimmy, Andrei Finti as Le pere d’Alex, Oana Pellea as La mere d’Alex, Marco Claudiu Pascu as Tom, Jean-Claude de Goros as Capitaine gendarmerie, Bogdan Uritescu as Gendarme and Gabriel Spahiu as Homme voiture
Studio: Lions Gate Films
High Tension is a French language film that Luc Besson’s (La Femme Nikita) Europa produced and released in France in 2003. Lions Gate Films purchased the U.S. distribution rights in 2004.
Lions Gate cut 1 minute for the U.S. theatrical release of High Tension, to get an "R" rating and also dubbed the film in English using Marie’s real voice for her part. New Koren Special Edition 2-disc set is uncut with English subtitles. There is also a PAL disc from Hong Kong that is uncut and in English.
Alexandre Aja was nominated for the Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Gold at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in 2004 for High Tension.
High Tension was shot in Bucharest, Romania.