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on 7 February 2009
Black as pitch; this mid-noughties offering from director Christopher Smith involves a group of dysfunctional employees of Pallisade weapons manufacturers, who are sent to a remote forest in Hungary on a team-building weekend. Led by oily loser Tim McInnerney, the team soon realise that they are being hunted and their pursuers are using the very weapons that they are employed to sell. Toby Stephens is well-cast as the arrogant Harris; the execrable Danny Dyer plays oversexed drug-user Steve and an assortment of C-listers make up the ensemble cast.
The film treads an awkward line between comedy and horror - like Shaun of the Dead it occasionally melds the two genres successfully, but unlike Simon Pegg's modern classic it misses the target more than it hits it. McInnerney is as good as ever; Dyer is as obnoxious as ever, and the rest of the cast are merely `cannon-fodder'. It is hard to like any of the cast and difficult to feel any pathos as they are gradually slaughtered. The film does have a couple of great moments - such as when the team discover that they are eating a pie containing human flesh, or when McInnerney attempts to bully the Hungarian coach driver and is subsequently humiliated. Other than that it is pretty ordinary.