Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
What's it about
A group of employees that work for Palisade Defense go on a team-building trip in the middle of the woods where they become the targets of an angry band of war criminals that spend most of their time watching VHS copies of every slasher movie known to man.
Is it good movie?
Director Christopher Smith is a fucking genius! I can’t remember the last time I laid eyes on such a relentlessly awesome horror film. “Severance” took basic horror conventions and made them its bitch! It’s a true horror classic that takes no prisoners and perfectly blends blood and guts with ample amounts of laugh out loud comedy.
The flick opens with the team on a bus traveling to Eastern Europe for a team-building weekend at a lodge provided by the company. The cast of characters on this bus is brilliantly written and an absolute riot to watch. The cast is rounded out by; Jill (the nerdy girl), Richard (the by the book boss), Harris (the smart salesman), Steve (the stoner), and Gordon (the ass-kisser of the bunch). Now while comparisons to “The Office” are impossible to not mention these characters hold their own, and for once I didn’t want to see any of them die. After a bus accident Gordon gets his leg chopped off in the most insanely killer bear trap scene ever put on film, and from then on the group struggles to stay alive while continuing to build good leadership skills.
Without divulging any more of the plot and spoiling the film for anyone that hasn’t seen it, I do want to elaborate on something I touched on in the paragraph above. I can’t remember enjoying a cast of characters this much as long as I’ve been watching movies. The only movie that I can think of with this kind of character development in a horror film is “Shaun of the Dead”. Usually I scream at the screen begging the killer to chop up the throwaway characters that populate most horror films, but with “Severance” I caught myself begging the characters to run faster and do whatever they could to avoid getting the axe.
Smith is a smart director that knows when to give up the gore and when to make the audience laugh. He is definitely a director to watch and if his next film is even a fraction better than this one I’d go as far as saying that horror fans might have a new crown prince to save us from the growing number of useless flicks studios try to cram down our throats year after year.
Video / Audio
The Commentary Track with the Director cast and crew was interesting but not much different from every other DVD.
Making of Severance was a pretty cool look into the production process of the flick. Everyone involved in making this film looked like they were having the time of their lives.
Being Danny Dyer is a funny featurette with the man that played my favorite character from the film, Steve.
Deleted Scenes is just like the title suggests, a group of scenes cut from the move, and worth a look as most of them are a riot to watch.
Not So Special Effects is a look into the special effects on the film. I really enjoyed this feature and my only complaint about it is that I wish it had been a little longer.
Genesis of Severance is a behind the scenes featurette about the film, and again was great but could have been longer.
There are also some storyboards that illustrate an alternate ending, a small featurette showing Danny training for his fight sequence, and a few other small features as well.
If you’re call yourself a horror fan the buy this flick instead of renting it because its been years since our beloved genre has had such a awesome offering. By far the best horror film I’ve seen in the last 2 years…period.