2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Honestly never laughed so much in my life! This film is just hilarious.. Danny Dyers character makes the film.. You need to see it to believe just how unbelieveably funny it is.. It is somewhat "daft" But thats what makes it great.. Im not usually a fan of comedy horrors but you just need to watch this! Guaranteed laugh out loud film! Xo
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmm...
Many films struggle to walk the tricky tightrope that is comedy horror. Only a few have succeed i.e Shaun Of The Dead, The Cottage, The League Of Gentlemen and American Werewolf In London. However I'm afraid Severance didn't quite do it for me.
The negative, it's NOT scary. For a film to be a comedy horror for me it has to have some element of genuine scare,...
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by Mrs. T. Greenhough
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6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Toothless monster,
This review is from: Severance [DVD]  (DVD)I stumbled on this film expecting a comedy with a macabre twist. The expectation of humour was spurred by the tagline "heads will roll" and the name severance.
What I got was a proper slasher/gore film which was kind of a mix of the Hostel, the Descent and Friday the 13th.
Where do I start? The film is decidedly unfunny and the scares come in small patches but without a strong story to keep them together or believable.
The performances are wooden to amateurish and it was sad to see Tim McInnerney wasted so tragically. Toby Stephens was excellent in Die Another Day, but he's distinctly lacklustre here. Danny Dyer has put in some inspired performances in the past, and is the pick of the acting in this film. However without a strong story to feed off, his performance fails to rescue this film from being a terrible waste of the viewer's time.
The best part of the film was the beginning sequences filmed in Hungary, with the bus weaving through some spectacular countryside. The film went downhill from there.
For those still interested, the story revolves around a team of professionals working for an Arms company who're touring Eastern Europe. They have a team building exercise planned for a couple of days, but things start going horribly wrong very soon as there's an unknown menace in the woods which is hunting them down. From there on, it's a struggle to stay alive and escape back to civilization, with the expected attrition in numbers along the way.
Apart from the shoddy cinematography, where the film fails is to offer the viewer a convincing explanation for the carnage.
The DVD extras and the making of the film featurettes made me feel that the film makers themselves didn't have a clue and it was no surprise it turned out as badly as it did.
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hostel anyone?,
This review is from: Severance [DVD]  (DVD)while its easily a watchable horror comedy, classic its not, theres not the humour of shaun of the dead or even the violence of hostel although it does take a scene right out hostel. the only thing this film has to its credit is the real return to our tv's of Tim McInnerny (blackadder), other than that it serves as a stop gap while we wait for something a little better. It would have been a different story if it left us knowing the four who escape are safe, instead it leaves us fearing a sequel and lets hope that doesnt happen any time soon.
4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Derivative tosh,
This review is from: Severance [DVD]  (DVD)What an original premise. Not. People stuck in an isolated house with murderous nutters outside. This is cliche ridden, poorly acted with pathetic attempts at back humour mixed with blood. Hostel it ain't. The problem is that the writer/director team can't quite summon up the nerve to become a gore fest and therefore the inevitable despatch of characters is a bit twee. Very British and reserved. The characters all sign post the way they will die and most of the actors seem glad to take the money and run. The whole film therefore seems constructed around the theory that every line of dialogue needs a payoff but at the expense of no suspense. There's not an original line between the cast and the final line of the film is the worst I can remember.
Unbeliveably the Film Council wasted taxpayer money on this travesty. Compared to the Descent it shows just how wide the gap is in British horror film making.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nifty brit horror com,
This review is from: Severance [DVD]  (DVD)Really digged this movie, tagged as The Office meets Deliverance and it aint far off the mark. Danny Dyer is, well Danny Dyer as usual but some of the gags are really funny. Worth a watch with a saturday eve pizza and beer.
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully slow,
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This review is from: Severance [DVD]  (DVD)It is the usual type of film you know somethings going to happen, but sorely lacks atmosphere, suspense and tension If you like this Director's work, purchase and enjoy, but definately not one for me.
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Severance [DVD]  by Danny Dyer (DVD - 2007)