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Severance (2006)

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64

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 89
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 32

A twisted and bloody spoof on office life, Severance nicely balances comedy and nasty horror.

61

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 13

A twisted and bloody spoof on office life, Severance nicely balances comedy and nasty horror.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Movie Info

When the president of a high-profile international-arms supplier takes his six best employees to an Eastern European mountain retreat as a means of rewarding them for all of their hard work, their team-building getaway turns into a life-or-death game of kill or be killed in Creep director Christopher Smith's suspenseful comedy thriller. Palisade Defense isn't just the leading supplier of weaponry for the war on terror, it's a company that truly cares about its employees. When the Palisade

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Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

James Moran, Christopher Smith

Sep 18, 2007

$66.7k

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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (32) | DVD (8)

The cast shows spark and gusto, especially Laura Harris as a vulnerable yet intrepid survivor type and Danny Dyer as a bent druggie who straightens out long enough to fight back.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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For the odd at heart, it will be worth the wait.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It is wonderfully wry, and contains some great gags.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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So there's still a smart office-horror movie left to be made. In the meantime, Severance is just another paycheck.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
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Like Shaun of the Dead, the movie enthusiastically embraces all the grotesque clichés we love and have come to expect from the form -- turning several on their ear.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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At heart, it's a sophisticated variation on Friday the 13th, a splatter film with a slightly more interesting collection of targets.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Discriminating horror fans should also note that it's the most exhilarating fright flick to hit theatres since last year's The Descent.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Severance is a story of terrible things that couldn't have happened to funnier people.

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

Sitting through its increasingly sluggish pace feels like, well, work.

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

For the most part, the scary parts are the scary parts, the funny parts are the funny parts, and never the twain meet.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The result is a cathartic hoot, relishing its own carefully doled out carnage.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Will surely make you laugh, but the guffaws are few and far between. That's hardly a caveat when you consider the statement made here, though...

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A slasher film with a brain, cleverly constructed with strong performances and storyline....The Office meets Deliverance....

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Like a special episode of 'The Office,' scripted by Clive Barker.

June 19, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Like the Britain of Tony Blair, it's neither bloody awful nor bloody great. Which isn't to say, rest assured, that there isn't plenty of blood.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[Smith] paces the gore too unevenly, leaving the cast standing around and griping for vast chunks of time. And the jokes ... are either too broad or too underplayed.

June 8, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

For fans of the genre, this is the film of the year.

June 8, 2007
Greenwich Village Gazette

It turns into yet another graphic Hostel-style killfest that eventually washes away all the fun ... with lots of blood.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

"Severance" is just enough of an exploitation satire (think, Roger Corman in his heyday) to hold your interest beyond its gratuitous knife, blood and breast recipe for suspense and shock.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The sadistic silliness is given a heavy-hand.

June 4, 2007 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Severance

Some employees of an international arms dealer go out into the Hungarian wildeness for a weekend company retreat, only to find themselves menaced by a group of militants who don't like having them around their territory in this modestly budgeted dark comedy/horror film from Christopher Smith, who also directed Black Death (with Sean Bean).

The film takes the American slasher formula, and plays with it a bit by adding some wry British humor with a dark edge, as well as starting things off in medias res and not completely following convention. Overall, it's not too bad. It's not the best thing in the world, but it is pretty fun and entertaining.

The cast seem to get along with each other quite well, and there's a great sense that this film isn't meant to be taken too seriously, and that it was probably really fun to make. The make up and effects are well done, and there's some pretty good kill scenes, though in the story department it's a little forgettable and could have been beefed up more.

If you like quirky takes on genre movies, a la Shaun of the Dead, then you'll probably get some enjoyment out of this. It's a nice little take on a well worn genre.
June 27, 2013
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Chris Weber

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Enjoyable horror film with a good cast, Severance is an interesting horror comedy that though bizarre is very well done. As a low-budget horror comedy outing, Severance is an impressive film that is original and lots of fun from start to finish. The film is not flawless of course, and the film at times struggles in delivering the material, however for the most part, director Christopher Smith delivers a fun film. I found the plot for this film to be very original, and that Christopher Smith was able to deliver good funny moments, and still have enough momentum to deliver shocking moments.
Severance is a breath of fresh air in the horror genre. It's one of those rare gems that you need to watch if you're a Horror buff. In this one, its riddled with traditional Horror Clichés yet you don't seem to care because the film is so good and so much fun. If you haven't seen this film, do yourself a favour and watch, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Though it's not perfect, Severance is a good time and will definitely please fans of other recent horror comedies. This is a very well acted film with memorable moments and if you enjoy a bloody, gory good time, then this one is definitely worth your time. Christopher Smith is a good director and he directs yet another worthy film with this intriguing horror comedy.
March 4, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

"Another bloody office outing."

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.

REVIEW
A group of white-collar weapons manufacturers go on a "team-building" retreat in Hungary. After their driver abandons them in the middle of the woods, they find a run-down lodge that they assume is their destination. Unfortunately for them, there's something seriously ticked-off hanging out in the woods, ready to pick them off. Holy moly! "Severance" is where it's at. I feel like this is the movie that Eli Roth tried to make with "Cabin Fever" and "Hostel," but didn't quite nail it. It's outrageously funny and ridiculously gory. The thing about this one is that it's a horror/comedy that actually tries to be as scary as it is funny, and it mostly succeeds. It successfully uses 70s and 80s horror movie clichés, yet pokes fun at them at the same time. That makes it a rare gem, in my book. The ensemble cast works well together. American Laura Harris manages to fit in well with her British costars, and Danny Dyer is simultaneously obnoxious and charming as the office flunky. This one's a winner all the way around, and I'm sure most genre fans will find something they like in this one.
March 2, 2012
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

A wild and enjoyable slasher film. A group of office workers are in Europe for a meeting with arms dealers, when they come across a tree in the road, they get off the bus and the driver leaves them in the middle of no where, they think they will hike to a hostel, wrong, they start being eliminated one by one. My first 5 Star Slasher film.
May 11, 2010
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