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  • Summary: Working nine to five is a real killer, but teambuilding holidays can sometimes be even worse. Forget office politics, only the smartest will survive this bloody office outing. (Magnolia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. I prefer my horror with a chaser of wit, and Severance, a modest but very lively British import, serves it up in harsh but high style.
  2. 80
    What's more refreshing about Severance is how the movie's humor offsets the violence, and even that is pretty restrained (at least by modern standards).
  3. Suffice to say it's got plenty to do with corporate karma. And the word severance is more than just a double play on words - it's a triple whammy.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Escalating blend of black humor and grisly goings-on in the wilds of Hungary fully delivers in its latter half.
  5. The chintzy characters, hair-raising deaths, and one spectacular rocket-launcher joke aren't enough to give "Hostel" a run for its blood.
  6. You'll need a strong stomach, but director Christopher Smith mixes lots of laughs into the gore. Despite its predictable finish, Severance is bloody good fun.
  7. 38
    There are a few scares, but not enough to make up for the murky script.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 26, 2013
    10
    I was nervous the whole time like it was a serious horror movie but at the same time this made the dark humorous jokes even more relieving. In my opinion this movie pulls of the balancing act of being a good horror movie AND a good comedy movie perfectly. Thrilling in several ways. And the humor was... dark, twisted, unique and awesome! Expand
  2. BlancoA.
    May 26, 2007
    9
    One of the funniest toungue-in-cheek horror films I've seen in a LONG time. The plot is pretty clever, and the cast is terrific. The story, while a social comment on defense contractors and the like, is great while not beating you over the head. Most definitely recommended. Expand
  3. Dec 26, 2011
    8
    a comedy-horror movies, leaning more towards horror (i think). i found that some of the comedy didn't fit in the movie, but by no means did this lessen the film. solid acting for everyone, good directing and writing (some of the "funny" moments could have been cut) and good horror/thriller scenes. the first hour or so was excellent but it kind of fell apart near the end. but still if you want to see a good horror movies with some humour, this is your movie.

    side-note: when i watched this movie i didn't realize that it was a comedy- horror film, i just thought that it was a straight horror movie. that why a gave it an 8 and not a 9 because when i was watching it i felt that some of the scenes were really strange for a horror flicks and it wasnt until after i watched the movie did i realize why they were put in.
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  4. JoeC.
    May 2, 2007
    7
    If you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead, chances are you will get your money's worth with this one. The first 80 minutes of this movie are excellent for what it is. The last 10 minutes keep it from being a cult classic. You have a handful of people who work for a company that builds weapons for national defense. They go to the woods to partake in team-building activities. What could go wrong? Expand
  5. May 6, 2012
    7
    a comedy-horror movies, leaning more towards horror (i think). i found that some of the comedy didn't fit in the movie, but by no means did this lessen the film. solid acting for everyone, good directing and writing (some of the "funny" moments could have been cut) and good horror/thriller scenes. Expand
  6. Riren
    Jun 15, 2007
    7
    Despite mild political relevance (military profiteering bad!) and some general humor (haha, the pot head saw the killers and no one believes him), Severence is a movie for horror fans. Most of the humor and all of the best humor are grim nods to trappings of the 70's and 80's horror films, which are quite funny to a familiar audience, but to an unfamiliar one just seem like poor directing. It boasts a very good cast and a delightful spirit under its morose pretenses, making it the sort of film you'll have to force yourself to laugh at in the beginning, like a kickstart, and will be off coasting for the rest of the picture. Expand
  7. Joshua
    Sep 27, 2007
    5
    I was really excited to see this movie whenI first saw the trailer. Then after a few months I forgot about it and ended up watching it because someone else rented it. I can't say I was disappointed or overjoyed by the movie - a bad sign for a horror movie to have no effect on the viewer. It might have something to do with the fact that I am losing interest in the horror/comedy subgenre. Expand

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