I love some good French horror as well as home invasion movies in general (if they’re done right). The tension is constantly high in High Tension– holy shit…I just understood the title.
But seriously, this film has a lot of things I value so highly in horror movies. One of those things would be the quality of the villain. We get a methodical villain that’s as powerful and unwavering as can be, without seeming unrealistic or superhuman. He’s quiet and doesn’t even give the protagonist an opportunity to reason with him.
The ending is definitely unexpected and works very well. It’s not entirely a mind bender like horror fans make it out to be but it works in this context.
There’s some really great performances here and it just feels like a really, trimmed up, complete film. It’s fast paced and viciously brutal; I highly recommend this.