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Haute Tension (also known as Switchblade Romance in the UK and High Tension in the U.S.) is a French horror film originally released in 2003, and later released in 2004 in the UK and 2005 in the U.S. and Canada. The film, directed by Alexandre Aja, stars Cécile de France, Maïwenn Le Besco and Philippe Nahon.

Haute Tension was picked up by independent distributor Lions Gate Films following a successful screening at the Midnight Madness section of the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. Originally rated NC-17 in the USA, a few minor shots were cut from the final version of the U.S. release to get it down to the R rating. However, the original cut—referred to as an unrated version—is available on DVD.

All of the effects are created by renowned horror make-up artist Giannetto De Rossi, a favorite of late director Lucio Fulci.

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