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Severance (2009)

David Dyer , Tim McInnerny  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Dyer, Tim McInnerny, Laura Harris, Toby Stephens, John Frankish
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SM6FM2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Working nine to five is a real killer, but team building vacations can sometimes be worse. Seven employees of an international weapons manufacturer are left stranded and must fend for themselves. The retreat turns deadly as the colleagues discover they are the target of a crazed and vengeful enemy. Forget office politics, only the lucky will survive this bloody office outing.

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome British Slasher!!! August 15, 2007
By JBizzle
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!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Builds Motivation like Murder February 7, 2008
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.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We will meet again September 17, 2007
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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun! March 29, 2008
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THERE'S NO SUCCESS WITHOUT "u" October 22, 2007
Those of us who have worked for major corporations are familiar with those infamous team building sessions where trust and teamwork are forcefed via silly games and phoney sentiment. That premise gets a novel workout in this bizaare "horromedy". Only the teambuilding takes a backseat when the team starts getting wastee by unknown assailants.
SEVERANCE is above average compared to our torture and pseudovampire movie, but it is a little disappointing in its sudden slide from a comedy horror movie to a plain slasher who will survive movie. The movie's deft comic touches fade away by the end. Laura Harris and David Dyer stand out in the talented cast and the movie's use of WE'LL MEET AGAIN over the ending credits is a refreshing vacation from most of the horrible songs featured in most horror movies. All in all, SEVERANCE is worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great 'Black Comedy' with an unusual theme and some great...
This is a great 'Black Comedy' with an unusual theme and some great acting which strongly appeals to what I believe to be a very British sense of humour. I love it!
Published 10 days ago by Mr. Rp Price
3.0 out of 5 stars You're fired.
Severance (Christopher Smith, 2006)

Well, let's start out at the obvious starting-out point: Christopher Smith directs Danny Dyer. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy and horror - well done
I went into this expecting a generic/cliche slasher flick - group goes into the woods, stereotypical stoner, jock, hot chick, geeks, ahole boss, etc. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kelly Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie and an Amazing Job on the Actors!
The Movie was really good, I am a Huge Fan of the Horror/Thriller/Comedy Genre and this film did not dissapoint at all. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brad
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is Not a Film About Severance Pay & a Gold Watch for Faithful...
4 Stars = Classic

Half of the film is a great comedy/black comedy spoof on the "Torture Porn" sub-genre, & the other half, a dead serious, white knuckled affair! Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by JAMES MCCORMICK
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I saw this movie when it first came out, and I really liked it. I was at antique store and spotted it for 3 bucks but passed on it. I decided to get it the second time around. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by lovethebrits
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this review before you buy it!
If you are a horror movie fan you need to watch this movie. In most horror movies ppl do dumb things that drive you crazy. Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Sean M. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars deadly east European getaway for the staff of Palisade Defence...
Employees of an arms manufacturing company on a corporate retreat somewhere in eastern Europe, run into some heavy duty trouble, in director Christopher Smith's (Black Death,... Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by trebe
2.0 out of 5 stars A mindless slasher film. Boring and predictable, at best
SEVERANCE is exactly what you think it is, a mindless slasher film, and not a very good one at that. The plot is dull and extraordinarily linear. Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by mikedoeseverything
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the title of my review
Plot summary:
Apparenlty Am*zon is missing a plot summary, so here's the one from Netfli*:
"Awash in blood and black humor, director Christopher Smith's inventive horror... Read more
Published on July 7, 2011 by E. Beckstrom
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