films seen
8
average score
3.25*
nationality
France - 44 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The good stuff

Switchblade Romance

by Alexandre Aja
Haute Tension
2003 / 91m - France
Horror
Switchblade Romance poster

One of the films that kickstarted the French horror wave and rightfully so. Alexandre Aja shows what he's made off and launches a simple but extremely raunchy and effective horror flick. Blood flows, heads are severed and limbs fly with hardly an intro or outro to speak of. Horror as it should be.

Solid pieces

Oxygen

by Alexandre Aja
Oxygène
2021 / 100m - France
Sci-fi, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
Oxygen poster

Aja's latest isn't really a return to his roots, but it's definitely a film that limits his legroom. Rather than go full-out, Oxygen is set in a single, cramped location, with one principal actor and just a handful of flashbacks to escape the film's claustrophobic setting. One of those films where it's entirely up to the director to keep things interesting.

A woman wakes up in a small pod. A computer voice alerts her that something is wrong and that she is running out of oxygen at an alarming rate. The woman has no recollection of her past and she can only communicate with the AI. Little by little she starts piecing things together, but her time is running out very quickly.

I hoped Aja would've used this setup as an excuse for some audiovisual muscle flexing, and though he does his best I felt there was the potential to go a lot further still. Laurent does a good job and the plot was interesting enough, though not exactly very original. Oxygen is good, solid genre cinema with a little extra, but not quite masterpiece material.

Crawl

by Alexandre Aja
2019 / 87m - USA
Horror
3.5*/5.0*
Crawl poster

A surprisingly effective croc-chiller from Alexandre Aja. Not really a big fan of this particular niche, but Aja managed to make it tense and exciting. Crawl is little more than a neat little genre film, warts and all, but if you manage to look past the leaps of logic then there's a lot of fun to be had here. Not a must-see, but horror fans are sure to have a good time.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax

by Alexandre Aja
2016 / 108m - UK
Mystery, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
The 9th Life of Louis Drax poster

Horns

by Alexandre Aja
2013 / 120m - USA
Fantasy, Horror
3.5*/5.0*
Horns poster

Mirrors

by Alexandre Aja
2008 / 110m - USA
Horror, Mystery
3.5*/5.0*
Mirrors poster

The Hills Have Eyes

by Alexandre Aja
2006 / 107m - USA
Horror, Thriller
3.5*/5.0*
The Hills Have Eyes poster

Big nopes

Piranha 3D

by Alexandre Aja
2010 / 88m - USA
Comedy, Horror
1.0*/5.0*
Piranha 3D poster