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Intensely visceral and bloodthirsty shocker by French director Alexandre Aja. Cecile de France and Maïwenn le Bosco star as Marie and Alexia, two inseparable friends who go to stay in the country home of Alexia's parents for a quiet break, to study and relax. However, when a homicidal maniac (Philippe Nahon) turns up at their front door, the terror and carnage begins...
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Having seen Maïwenn in Polisse (which she also directed), Polisse being a film that I found very memorable indeed, and having seen Cécile de France in numerous films that I have also enjoyed, then when I came across Swithchblade Romance with both actresses in, I thought it should be worth a look.
The Horror film genre is not a genre I would normally watch, but this low budget (low budget, as mentioned in the extras) film was quite a surprise for me.
Yes there plenty of blood-and-guts as might be expected but there is much more to it than that. It is an intelligent, well made film. The directing (from Alexandre Aja), the acting, the lighting and especially the editing of Switchblade romance have all been performed excellently.
As I said Horror is not a genre I would normally watch and aficionados may well look at this film with a different critical viewpoint but for me this was a really good film.
With the DVD you get:
Switchblade Romance (1 hour 27 minutes)
Cast Interviews with Phillipe Nahon (5 minutes), Cécile de France (22 minutes), Maïwenn (5 minutes).
Special Effects Makeup with Gianetto de Rossi
Play film with commentary by Alexandre Aja and Cécile de France
Making Of feature (28 minutes)
The film and the extra features have English Subtitles. The film with commentary has English Subtitles (for the film) and Spoken English for the commentaries.
Ultra-gruesome as well with gore sprinkled liberally throughout. It is also the first time in a movie where they actually show a victim being cut up by a chainsaw. (No, the scene where Leatherface accidentally nicks his leg in TTCM doesn't count)
Many people derided the twist near the ending, a twist which changes the whole movie and makes a second viewing totally different.
I quite liked it, although I agree that it is a bit OTT and unbelievable. But so what? It's only a movie and it was totally out-of-left-field for me. The whole movie reminded me of Dario Argento's stuff for some reason. The initial home invasion is creepy and scary as hell.
I wonder how many people know that this movie is based on one of Dean Koontz's books, Intensity?
Based on Dean Koontz's "Intensity" - itself made into a tame film in the US - Aja gives us a very claustrophobic version and a controversial denouement. While the slaughter takes place in a large mansion in Koontz's original, here we have a smaller farmhouse with creakier stairs and floorboards. While the killer escapes in a huge mobile home in the novel, here the butcher drives a battered old camion ... a simple blue van man. There is nowhere for our heroine to hide! And, while the profession of Koontz's killer has its own significance, when Aja's murderer is finally unmasked ... it creates a decided disturbance in the force.
The story? Marie (Cecile de France) and Alex (Maiwenn) visit Alex's parents' in their isolated farmhouse for some intense study prior to their university exams. They are grateful to be away from the pressures of academe and to have the chance of relaxed concentration. But their plans are about to be chopped, slashed, and cut short by the arrival of blue van man, who will set about butchering the entire household before carrying off Alex, bound and gagged, in his van. Marie survives the initial onslaught and has to devise a means of both staying alive and rescuing her friend.
The whole film is a homage to American horror.Read more ›
The picture quality on the UK one is not very good and it stutters a few times throughout the film. The US version also includes a dubbed soundtrack as well as the original French language soundtrack with subtitles. The French soundtrack with subs is the best option, but the dubbed soundtrack is good for watching it with people who don't like reading subtitles.
If you want better picture and sound quality and extra features then the US region free version is the one to get. Its not called Switchblade Romance in the US, its called High Tension and you can buy it from Amazon marketplace sellers, just remember to type in High Tension when you search for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this film, I had heard about it before but never actually seen it. It is in French with subtitles, so if you're not a fan of subtitled films then maybe this isnt for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
GOOD FILM AND LOTS AND LOTS OF BLOOD AND GUTS AND SOME REAL SICK SCENES FOR THE LOVERS OF THESE SORT OF MOVIES. Read morePublished 3 months ago by david hurrell
This is actually High Tension. The name Switchblade was given for UK release. I bought this on the strength of the home invasion genre. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. MccOid
Watched it as it has a reputation for gore and is a cult success, so I gave it a go. Was enjoying it very much, then I started to lose interest after halfway, and then the ending... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ozymandias
Very violent with loads of blood, really enjoyed this film a nerve shredding homage to 70's horror films.Published 9 months ago by S. Benton