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).
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 Moroccan 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 Festival Golden Palm Award nomination for best short film. In 1999 he directed Furia, a movie based on Julio Cortázar’s short story Graffiti. From Furia and his next features, he frequently works with Grégory Levasseur as writers. Such as in The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, P2, and Piranha 3-D. Levasseur also made his works as production… read more
The kind of movie I never would have watched if it wasn't streaming on Netflix. Part of me is disappointed that Alexandre Aja has become mired in the limbo of b-movie remakes, but I also realize that the only reason "Piranha" is halfway entertaining is because of Aja's ghoulish touch. Most of the runtime is comprised of weak jokes and tasteless nudity, but the finale ascends into true grand guignol territory.
Entretenimiento pop dinamitado desde dentro: jugando otra vez con la explotación de la iconografía americana, Aja entrega una nueva obra de carácter explosivo, donde la subversión radica en la congestión desorbitada del terror adolescente en favor de la aparición de un gusto trash porno-sangriento. Los exacerbadamente cuerpos carnosos se mutilan en el centro de una pelicula que es mas inteligente de lo que aparenta
It looks like Piranha 3D will be my first guilty pleasure (apart from Clash of the Titans) this year. A blatantly weird and gory b-movie both hilarious and scary at the same time. From the first few… read review
Piranha 3-D, a movie that, for some reason, I was incredibly excited to see. Think about it, what’s more entertaining than watching gorgeous topless girls being mauled by prehistoric fish? And what… read review