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Alexandre Aja (born 7 August 1978) is a French film director who rose to international stardom for his 2003 horror film Haute Tension (known as High Tension in the US, and known as Switchblade Romance in the UK).

Life and career

Aja was born in Paris, France. His real name is Alexandre Jouan-Arcady and his pseudonymous surname is formed of the 3 first letters of his full name. He is the son of French pied-noir director Alexandre Arcady and French cinema critic Marie-Jo Jouan. Aja is Jewish and his wife is Moroccanmarker filmmaker Laïla Marrakchi. He made his directorial debut at the age of eighteen with the short film Over The Rainbow, which received a Cannes Film Festivalmarker Golden Palm Award nomination for best short film. In 1999 he directed Furia, a movie based on Julio Cortázar's short story Graffiti.

Haute Tension, released in 2003 in France and in 2005 in USA, placed Aja on the map for the horror movie genre. The French slasher, though sticking to horror convention, pushed the gore and tension envelope. Favouring make-up effects to computer generated imagery, the film quickly found respect amongst horror fans. It was released in the U.S. as High Tension after some editing. The film was nominated for grand prize at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival and earned Aja awards for best direction and best fantasy film at the Catalonian International Film Festival.

American director Wes Craven asked Aja to come up with a concept for the remake of his 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes after seeing High Tension. Craven subsequently asked Aja to direct the movie, which was also released under an 'R' rating in the U.S. after an extensive amount of editing.

His latest project is a horror film entitled Mirrors, about a mysterious mirror that brings out the worst aspects of people whenever they look at themselves in it. The film is a remake of the K-Horror film Into the Mirror. In 2009, he will also direct Piranha 3-D, a horror movie about prehistoric piranhas in Arizona. It is a remake of the film Piranha.

Because Alexandre Aja is working on Mirrors, he did not direct the sequel to The Hills Have Eyes 2, which was released on 10 March 2007.

In 2004, Aja was named to the Variety – Ten Directors To Watch list. He is a member of the so-called Splat Pack, a term coined by film historian Alan Jones in "Total Film" magazine for a new wave of directors making brutally violent horror films. The other Splat Pack members are Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, Greg Mclean, Eli Roth, James Wan, Leigh Whannell, and Rob Zombie.

Filmography

Year Film Credited as
Director Producer Writer
1997 Over the Rainbow
1999 Furia
2003 Haute Tension
2006 The Hills Have Eyes
2007 P2
2008 Mirrors
2010 Piranha 3-D


See also



References

  1. The Cast and Crew of The Hills Have Eyes Speak!


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