Switchblade Romance details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Cecile De France, Maiwenn Le Besco, Philippe Nahon|
|Genres:||Horror, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||31 Jan 2005|
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High Tension all the wayBy Jim Gray from Scotland , 11 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This is French director's Alexandre Aja's throwback to the kind of horror films we used to guilelessly enjoy somewhere between the early 70's to the very early 80's. Switchblade Romance is a tour-de-force slasher film that pulls absolutley no punches and makes no excuses for what it is. It exists to entertain its target audience and nothing more, and this it does in spades. The premise is simple: Alex, played by Maiwenn Le Besco (The Fifth Element) is visiting her parents' isolated farmhouse. Accompanying her is her friend Marie, played by Cecile De France (Around the world in 80 days). What they don't know, however, is that they wont be the only ones dropping by. I'll get straight to it: Switchblade Romance (original title: High Tension) plays like Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre spliced with William Lustig's Maniac. For example, not only do we get a completely OTT buzzsaw scene near the film's climax, but also a particularly nail-biting restroom sequence that plays right out of Lustig's aforementioned sleaze-opus. The entire tone of the film is much heavier, much darker than what we've become accustomed to of late, and this is no bad thing at all. As gruelling as they are delightful, are the scenes in which Phillipe Nahon's grunting psychopath mercilessly works his way through the farmhouse in ridiculously bloody fashion. Special Make-up fx come courtesy of Italian veteran (or should I say legend) Giannetto De Rossi (Demons; Zombie Flesh eaters), and is surely some of the best work he's done in years. Overall, I'd say Switchblade Romance is possibly the best horror film in over a decade, and easily the best slasher film since Michele Soavi's 1987 Stagefright (also highly recommended). The script and direction are kept tight, the performances, especially from Cecille De France, are excellent, and the choice of Muse's 'NewBorn', as the film's obligatory rock track, is the cherry on top of this particularly satisfying slice of genre cinema.
WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO SEE THIS FILM? Because it's brilliant, pure and simple.
WHY YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE THIS FILM? Because films with subtitles, no matter how highly recommended, are a dish best scraped into the bin.
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must watchBy kiaora1979 (2 reviews) , 22 Jun 2013great film by director Alexandre Aja the film is great with a great ending twist a good film with the throw back to the 90's type of horror that is about a must watch for all horror fans
Well acted and gory!!!By a customer , 14 Jun 2013Well acted and really gory. However the storyline let it down in parts as it left a lot unexplained. Overall though it was watchable.
very very very goodBy Tazminola (38 reviews) from London , 13 May 2013Really really good! Lots of jumpy, yucky scenes. Very good storyline - if you like being scared, saying 'ewww' and jumping out of your chair - you MUST watch!
Twist was a little bit too sign postedBy Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 06 Mar 2013Woman takes her friend to parents farm, strange man comes to farm at night, carnage.
Brutal French horror which certainly doesnt shy away from the gore (which is done very well by the way) and certainly has its stand out moments. One of the main problems though is that I thought the twist was sign posted very early on so it was no big surprised when all was revealed towards the end. Its well shot, soundtrack isnt bad and Cécile De France is excellent in the lead.
Clever, but not for the faint of heartBy Gordon Vader Review Master (144 reviews) from Emerald City, oz , 03 Dec 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]If you don't look too closely this is a good twisty thriller... The violence is riddiculous if you're at all squeamish then avoid this film like a friend with flu! That said its a clever bit of cinema, but like I said don't look too closely at the plot or you'll start to see the threads and then the film will start to unravel...
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