That's really all that needs to be said about it, but I'll keep going anyways. HIGH TENSION ROCKED MY FUCKING PANTS OFF.
I've been wanting to see it forever and as usual, Alexander Aja did not disappoint. It's not a movie for the faint of heart, or weak of stomach. Seriously, if you have a weak stomach, beware. It's almost needlessly gorey, but then again what is Alexander Aja without excessive gore (see: Mirrors and The Hills Have Eyes)? I got over it. If you can get past the sickening, blood-filled, flesh-ripping scenes that dominate 75% of the movie, you'll be glad you did. The use of loud instrumentals and lack of dialogue once the horror ensues is genius (very John Carpenter's Halloween), it only aids in (borrowing a cliche here) bringing you closer to the edge of your seat as the movie goes on, and the twist at the end WAS SO GOOD.
God so good. I was practically giddy with delight, I would have been jumping up and down if I hadn't been at the same time still so terrified that I was curled up on the couch in some weird combination of lotus and fetal position... I just didn't want any of my limbs to be exposed, ok? The titled of the movie is very deserving, as the tension literally never ceases and only builds right up until the very last scene, one second before the credits start rolling. Seriously the movie is brilliant, and such a great surprise! It's very original, and so worth seeing once even if you have the weakest stomach known to man. Believe me, I may talk tough but I've been known to get queasy with the best of 'em. I know that there is some controversy over a certain subject in the movie, as there should be, but I'm just choosing to see it for what it is and that is a damn good horror film.
I haven't been this happy about a movie in so long! I'm still experiencing the after-glow of nail biting goodness. :)