Ebert on High Tension


Was milling about trying to decide whether or not I should queue High Tension (just saw the trailer in front of Crash) when I happened upon this gem from Roger Ebert's review:

From the point when Marie crawls out from under the bed and follows the killer downstairs, she persists in making one wrong decision after another and ignoring obvious opportunities to escape. Perhaps she feels her presence is needed for the movie to continue, a likely possibility as the list of living characters shrinks steadily. She does have wit enough to pick up a big kitchen knife, so that we can enjoy the slasher movie cliche where such knives make the noise of steel against steel all by themselves, just by existing, and without having to scrape against anything.

I wish my kitchen knives would do that.

Some horrible horror movie I saw several months back used the sound of rushing wind whenever a character would turn his flashlight beam through the darkness. Whenever the light beam jumped from one side of the frame to the other, it sounded like a hurricane blew through.

I saw the most awful horror film called "Night of the Lapis" that played some pseudo-scary underwater-sounding music every time they did an extreme closeup of the killer bunnies. Yes, that's right, killer bunnies. And they didn't even use special effects - just did a closeup of ACTUAL rabbits. With inexplicable underwater music.

And I saw it in a real theatre, double-billed with Donnie Darko. Wha???

Featuring Janet Leigh and DeForest Kelley, no less! And Netflix has it! Queuing it right now!

On second thought...

D'oh! Lepus, not Lapis. Anyway, it was a surreal experience watching it. My boyfriend and I are fans of the crappy horror genre (our first date was to see Eight Legged Freaks), but this was hard to even laugh at for very long. It was hilarity at the beginning, but 1/2 an hour in and you start to wonder what the hell you're doing still watching it.

I can certainly forgive you for not committing that particular title to memory!

Heh, yeah. It's not like I'll be recommending it to anyone.

Thanks for sharing. You've just cemented my plans not to see this movie.

Yeah, that review knocked me off the fence as well.

I think the movie sustained a great level of intension for a long period of time similiar to Mute Witness. But the "twist" almost completely ruins the film.

It's not poorly made, but the final twist is ridiculous.

Ooooh, what's the twist? (There's no way I'm ever going to watch this movie, but I am interested in that ending, after hearing how bad it is.)

Would you be able to post it, with a spoiler tag?

How about a link to its Wikipedia page, which somewhat details the twist at the end? DON'T click if you want to see the movie!

Another option is to find a copy of this (it's on cable every now and then). Same story without the stupid twist (although not without its own stupidities). But hey, John C. McGinley!

Oh man, don't go putting me back on the fence! :-)

How is the post-Katrina adjustment going?

Oh, I think you can safely skip it and maybe wait for the director's remake of Wes Craven's "The Hills Have Eyes."

As for post-Katrina life, we love being in Austin. Despite all that we lost to the storm, we are happy. I have friends in New Orleans and they say it's still like living in a nightmare. The French Quarter, the Uptown area and most of the suburbs are in good shape, but the rest of the city is devastated. My entire neighborhood is going to be bulldozed and redeveloped. For the human toll that Katrina has taken, I would recommend this article from the local paper.

I am very glad to read your update. I hope you continue being happy in Austin!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I'm very happy to hear you've settled into Austin okay! And thanks for the link, painful to read as it is.

Yes, it is a very depressing read. I worry about the mental health of my friends who decided to remain in the city. People across the country should not be fooled by the fact that New Orleans is having Mardi Gras: it's not a healthy place to be, mentally or physically.