Every day for the month of October, Coming Soon is making a new horror movie recommendation for those eager to find a new frightening flick for Halloween. From the creepy goodness of a classy ghost story to a blood-spattered gorefest and everything in between, weâ€™ll have something for every taste of horror. And todayâ€™s pick isâ€¦
Whatâ€™s High Tension about:Â Written and directed by Alexandre Aja, the French horror film (originally titled Haute Tension), centers around Marie (CÃ©cile De France) and Alex (MaÃ¯wenn) who stop by Alexâ€™s parentsâ€™ house for the weekend in the middle of nowhere, the perfect location for a vicious killer (Philippe Nahon) to strike. As the two friends and Alexâ€™s family become targets of a sadistic psychopath, Marie quickly goes into survival mode and becomes a formidable foe against the vile antagonist.
Why High Tension rules:Â *Minor Spoilers* The escalation in the second half of the film makes the movie worth watching (despite the unfortunate dubbing issues). Thereâ€™s a gas station sequence that is full of delicious tension from beginning to end and showcases De Franceâ€™s impressive acting chops. The theme music for the movie is also a nice touch, but the true golden moment comes from one of the most unexpected and underrated twist endings that gives a whole new meaning to the unreliable narrator trope.
How scary is High Tension:Â This movie is not for everyone, as much of the horror is based on disturbing, graphic violence and unimaginable brutality. Less jump-scary and more an intense and gory cat-and-mouse game, the pacing of the movie gets to the point quickly but also allows the tension to bleed through minute by minute, escalating into a shocking climax.
Be on the lookout for:Â Fans of Dean Koontz may notice some strong similarities between the first half or so of the film and the authorâ€™s novel Intensity. Aja denied that the book had any influence on the movie, but did admit he had read the novel. Koontz and his team didnâ€™t take action against Aja or the film, instead seemingly distancing himself from Ajaâ€™s work.
CS October Horror Movie Recommendations:
October 1 â€“ Session 9
October 2 â€“ Bubba Ho-Tep
October 3 â€“ City of the Dead
October 4 â€“ Drag Me to Hell
October 5 â€“ Opera
October 6 â€“ It Follows
October 7 â€“ Chopping Mall
October 8 â€” The Descent
October 9 â€” The Vampire Doll
October 10 â€” Poltergeist
October 11 â€” Jenniferâ€™s Body
October 12 â€” Grave Encounters
October 13 â€” Dolls
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