Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY Reviewed on 10/10/2010...
I must be in a really good mood tonite. I've watched two movies and I loved both of them! That never happens!! That being said, SEVERANCE is a cool little British film. The Brits are soooo many steps ahead of Hollywood when combining humor and horror. You always have to walk a tight little fine line between good taste and just plain bad. SEVERANCE is a fun tale about a group of Brits going out on a company retreat. And if that isn't frightening enough, there's another group of mad killers picking them off, one by one. The gore is quite gooey, the body count is about right and there were moments I laughed outloud. The final interchange between the last two is hilarious! I can't think of a better way to end a horror movie.
So, if you loved SHAUN OF THE DEAD or FIDO, you'll be pleasantly surprised by SEVERANCE.
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Awesome British Slasher!!!
JBizzle | Under A Rock | 08/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I checked this one out not expecting much & was shocked to have loved it by the end of the movie. This is a true "slasher" (although there's more to it than just a scary monster guy running around in the woods hacking up teens)flick in every sense of the word. Now the box's cover art claims this to be a comedy/horror flick in the same line as "The Office", & "Shaun Of The Dead". Maybe I missed something, but I didn't get that. While the movie does have it's moments, it's more amusing, than it is just straight out comedy. You'll get some definate chuckles, but I doubt very seriously the film was intended to be strictly just a comedy. The blood & gore is definately there & done very well, & you really get a sense of danger by the end of the movie. The movie is actually really brutal too, which I always like to see; alot of the violence is kinda believable.
A brief synopses(as not to spoil the movie) is you've got a group of people going out on a company retreat. These people happen to be employees of a weapons manufacturer. Anyway there transpotation winds up breaking down on the way & they find a place out in the woods that they at 1st assume is the designated retreat area. After that things start to get bloody and that's all you really need to know. The movie is well acted, & the characters are well fleshed out so you really care what happens to 'em (which doesn't happen very often in horror flicks). Anyway, this is gonna be a sleeper hit, so make sure all you gore hounds & horror freaks check this one out. It's at very least worth a rental if not worthy of your very own collection/library at home. There's just something about British horror, they get it & I wish Hollywood would pick up on that. Check this one out & you won't be disapointed!!!"
Sick Daddy | Oregon USA | 03/29/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was an enjoyable film with good character development and well acted. It is a bit corny, but it had some good moments. The bad guys weren't really spooky, but being a somewhat dark comedy, I don't think it detracts from this movie. Worth renting if you enjoy 'we got to get out of this sticky situation' type movies."
We will meet again
Mangy Fox | 09/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just watched this movie yesterday and I was blown away. From the opening sequences you are shocked yet intrigued, just what the hell is going on here. The story steps back and unfolds. The characters, even the a-holes are believable and lovable, and utterly hilarious. It is the perfect blend of horror and comedy. This is not Shaun of the Dead, this is a very dark and bloody tale that is full of gut busting funny moments. I absolutely loved it. A closer film in feel to me would be Feast. "
Nothing Builds Motivation like Murder
Captain Insanity | NY | 02/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not only does this flick have the wit of "The Office" it also has the gore of "Turistas". Not a bad combo at all, if you ask me. Here's the premise: A group of office employees(all of which are great characters), on a retreat, happen upon the wrong cabin. And by wrong, I mean, home of a psychopath. So what naturally starts out as whole-hearted laughs, quickly distorts into blood-curdling screams.
Needless to say, I am so glad I stumbled upon this gem of a horror/comedy. So freakin' glad. I found it infinitely more hilarious than Shaun of the Dead AND Black Sheep. In fact I found it funnier than practically every horror/comedy I've ever seen. Very highly recommended. (Especially to those who like to laugh & cringe) One of the most lovable characters in the picture is trippin' out on mushrooms the entire film. =D And during this one particular scene, he sees himself standing in the threshold across the room, So of course, his duplicate and him start making facial gestures to each other. Eventually he follows his doppleganger outside, and sees yet another duplicate standing against a tree, who it turns out, was him the entire time.
And yet despite all the comedy that takes place in the former half of the film, there is definitely an impending sense of dread in the latter half, especially once the blood starts soaking up the surroundings. And truth be told, the gore is actually done suprisingly well. No cop outs here, folks. There's 1 inevitabely classic scene where one characters leg is stuck in a bear-trap. His fellow employees keep trying to help him out, but to no avail. It keeps slamming shut, biting down even further into his leg. And as sorry as I am to admit this, I just kept laughing harder and harder with each unsuccessful attempt.
Words canot decribe how excited I am to have found this bright little gem. From begining to end this one has "sleeper hit" written all over it. And just when you think you're out of the woods, you realize you're just at the tip of the ice-berg.
By the way, the last line in this flick is a classic. I won't tell you what it is. But I was thinking the same thing he was. LOL!!!
MORAL OF THE STORY: Nothing strengthens team-work, like running for your life in droves."
Surprisingly entertaining (and graphic) indie
chance725 | brooklyn, ny | 03/03/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"SEVERANCE is a very nice surprise - an unpretentious but satisfying comedy-thriller that builds up a palpable sense of unease, before the killing starts. The first half-hour is dry British comedy, and very well done - you end up liking ALL of the characters, even the annoying ones. And suspense mounts, as you see these likeable characters moving deeper and deeper into danger. The horror, once it gets going, is brutal - and a little brutalizing to the viewer, as black comedy gives way to mostly humorless gore. This slasher second-half is not quite up to the first half of the movie, with its original blend of office-politics comedy and menace. But the survival-horror is undeniably gripping (if a little prolonged). Beautifully shot and acted, by a wonderful cast. Highly recommended."