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Now That's What I Call "Getting the axe!"

  • Aug 10, 2009

I wish that we could give half stars when rating films because it would make life so much easier. Some films just fall into that netherland  between a 3 and a 4 and SEVERANCE is one of them. It isn't the laff riot that I expected but it does offer moments of dark humor though not as many as I would have liked. In fact it has one very clever sequence based on the silent version of NOSFERATU that was one of the best things I've seen in years--unfortunately the film makers couldn't sustain that level of creativity for the entire 90 minute running time. There were other things I admired, to be sure. Such as some of the surprises they pulled out of their bag relative to the identity of the killer. I also liked the fact that there was no solid background for him, that all we know is what the characters gave us themselves as they sat around the table telling different stories of what they had heard in the past.

SEVERANCE isn't a gore fest either. There are killings aplenty but if you're looking for eviscerations you aren't going to find them here. And those of you looking for nudity are going to have to wait until the last few minutes to see two pairs of boobs. Fortunately I could care less about that but it would take too much effort. SEVERANCE is an okay rental. You might even get a kick out of it.


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September 02, 2009
LOL...GREAT review, Karen! I like how you said that people looking for nudity would have to wait til the end. My friend had seen this and said the same thing- put it on your Netflix but, don't worry about making it #1 in the cue!
September 02, 2009
I went back to NetFlix to check. I was at the top of page 10 out of 299 reviews. Of course I did use the naughty word "boobs" In addition to "nudity". Well, at least I was at the top of the page! Amazon simply makes what I said look worse by removing "boobs" and replacing it with {...}. How stupid!
September 02, 2009
Boobs and nudity do generally pique some interest and the boys love both those terms LOL...Why would Amazon take out boobs? That's not offensive! Definitely stupid....
September 02, 2009
Because they're idiots. What other reason could there possibly be?
August 11, 2009
I think I'll fast-forward to the last few minutes he-heh. Nah, this sounds decent. Glad you're back, Karen!
August 11, 2009
The big reveal of the killer's identity is nice and that comes before the last few minutes. There was an alternate ending that was nixed where they were supposed to go over a waterfall instead of what does happen. Glad to be back!
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Severance (2006) is a British comedy horror film, written by James Moran, directed by Christopher Smith, and starring Danny Dyer and Laura Harris. In 2009, media interest in the film was revived following the alleged copycat murder of a UK teenager.

The film opens with George (David Gilliam) and two women running through the woods. The women fall into a large pit trap while George, after refusing to help them, continues running only to be caught in a snare. As George hangs helplessly, a masked man approaches and disembowels him with a knife.

What is later revealed as some days prior to this, the European Sales division of Palisade Defence are on a bus to a team-building weekend at a "luxury lodge" in the Mátra Mountains of Hungary. When a fallen tree blocking the road halts the bus's progress, manager Richard (Tim McInnerny) tells the bus driver to take a dirt road through the woods. The driver refuses and, after some heated words in Hungarian, drives off leaving the group to walk the remaining distance to the lodge.

Eventually the group reaches the lodge, which is old and in serious disrepair. They argue that this cannot be the luxury lodge they have been told about. Richard attempts to convince them this is the correct lodge. The group decide to enter, but mostly because they are tired and weary. When searching for the generator, Harris (Toby Stephens) discovers a file cabinet full of cryptic Palisade documents, written in Russian. The group discusses the ...

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