updated: 07/09/2005

scarred faces: Haute tension

It’s a shame that Alexandre Aja felt the need to put a twist at the end of this movie: some twists work, others don’t – this one just blows the whole movie out of the water.

Two girls, Alex and Marie (Cécile de France – in a very different role to Monique La Roche in Around the World in 80 Days) set off to Alex's parent’s secluded homestead in the country to relax. But then an intruder with decidedly unfriendly intentions interupts their holiday.

Cécile de France spoke about working on the movie and the makeup:

I was so impressed when I first saw the kind of things he [Giannetto de Rossi] could create. I spent a great deal of the time in his trailer, asking questions about how he created such gruesome and realistic effects. It’s wonderful to see how impressive his works look on the big screen… . I was like a little girl who had just discovered what was happening behind the mirror. Gianetto is quite clearly a master of his work as well as being a terrific character and great fun to be around.

Giannetto de Rossi was responsible for all the special effects makeup; Gabi Cretan was makeup artist .