Time Out says
With its superb sickly hued widescreen camerawork and brilliantly unsettling sound mix, you could argue that Aja’s film is rather more technically accomplished than the cheaply made shockers to which it’s paying tribute. The murders in the opening reel are crunchingly horrible, the stalk and chase sequences which follow extremely effective, the action culminating in a set-to with a chainsaw of white-knuckle ferocity, intensified by De France’s total emotional commitment to a gruelling role. And then, with utterly Gallic perversity, Aja throws in a twist, staggering for both its preposterousness and offensiveness, which undermines just about everything that’s gone before. Sexual politics are obviously not its maker’s home terrain, but, misgivings aside, this lives up to its original French title ‘Haute Tension’ and then some.
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