Genres: Comedy, Horror,,

Rated: R

Country: UK

Year: 2006

Runtime: 96 minutes

Studio: Dan Films


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Review done by: Serial McKiller
Starring: Toby Stephens, Claudie Blakley, Andy Nyman, Babou Ceesay,
Tim McInnerny, Laura Harris

Director: Christopher Smith

Synopsis: A team-building weekend in the mountains of Eastern Europe
goes horribly wrong for the sales division of the multi-national weapons
company Palisade Defence when they become the victims of a group of
crazed killers who will stop at nothing to see them dead.


Gotta love british humor right? I mean as of late the comedies coming
from across the sea have been electric. Edgar Wright at the head of the
pack with both "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" and then the
mockumentary "Confetti" which was one of the best comedies and best
films of last year that got so little attention. So with all that the idea
behind "Hills Have Eyes" sort of horror-comedy, "Severance" would get
anyone pumped. You've got the gloriously simple set up of an office
moral building weekend that goes wrong when their bus driver refuses to
go through a side road because a tree is blocking the main and dumps
them out. Then they come across a house that they think is the "luxury
resort" they're supposed to stay out, that looks more like a former crack
den. THEN they're hunted one by one by crazed psychopaths in the
woods with tons of suspense, gore and laughs.

At least that's what "Severance" aims to do. Sadly it comes up short on
that promise. With this sort of story it's essential to have certain things.
For one have likeable characters. Here our lead who's played by Danny
Dyer, is a slacker and druggy who's either cracking sex jokes or popping
X. The rest of the group consist of mainly know-it-alls who think they
know-it-all and like to flaunt that. So its difficult to care about these
guys. Second you need some fun gore and situations. Surprisingly one
of the biggest things the films lacked. It works for a while building things
up, but the pay offs are weak for the most part and fairly unoriginal. And
third you need to...well be funny. This one they did okay on, but no
where near what it should have been. Most of the jokes are in dark, dark
fashion and are good for a brief chuckle and that's it.

And aside from all that story keep being side tracked to allow either
another poorly placed gag or poorly executed death scene. Now with all
that aside I do have to commend the effects team and the photography
team. They really capture the look of a lush yet grainy horror film. The
occasional gore was pretty well made (just used improperly). There was
1000 different ways to have done something like this and made it a lot of
fun. Instead it seems as if they got bogged down with too many
thoughts on the story and how to place in weak gags.

Overall: 5/10
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