Severance

Severance

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Director: Christopher Smith

Cast: Christopher Smith, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris, Tim McInnerny

     
 

When the president of a high-profile international-arms supplier takes his six best employees to an Eastern European mountain retreat as a means of rewarding them for all of their hard work, their team-building getaway turns into a life-or-death game of kill or be killed in Creep director ChristopherSee more details below

Overview

When the president of a high-profile international-arms supplier takes his six best employees to an Eastern European mountain retreat as a means of rewarding them for all of their hard work, their team-building getaway turns into a life-or-death game of kill or be killed in Creep director Christopher Smith's suspenseful comedy thriller. Palisade Defense isn't just the leading supplier of weaponry for the war on terror, it's a company that truly cares about its employees. When the Palisade Defense's European sales division exceeds expectations, the president decides that his dedicated employees deserve a relaxing corporate team-building retreat. The trip takes a turn for the worst, however, when a deadly enemy infiltrates the retreat with the singular goal of ensuring that no one gets out alive.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Combining comedy and horror is no easy task, but strike the right balance and you'll have fans of both genres clamoring for more. Though director Christopher Smith's Raw Meat-inspired 2004 shocker, Creep, was scarce with the laughs, it did display a vicious streak a mile wide while showing a filmmaker who was willing to take a few well-calculated risks to rile up the viewer. Now Smith has returned, a bit more confident in his abilities as a director, and ready to have a little more fun. The result: a smart, slaphappy shocker that begins tightening the screws from scene one and refuses to let up as it follows a well-drawn group of characters on a fight for their lives against some seriously sadistic predators. Whereas Creep was straightforward in its intentions to frighten the viewer through a series of briskly paced set pieces, this time around Smith, collaborating brilliantly with co-screenwriter James Moran, seems eager to toy with viewers and never truly allow them to gain their footing until his characters have ventured well beyond the point of no return. Tension is consistently balanced by sucker-punch gags that are both gruesome and highly effective, and the manner in which Smith paces his shocks ensures that viewers will never know what is coming next -- a jump or a laugh. The manner in which the typically office-bound drones interact and attempt to assess their increasingly dire situation in a decidedly non-florescent environment is well-complimented by a talented cast of actors as well. From Danny Dyer's likeable, psychotropic mushroom-muncher to Toby Stephens' self-absorbed yuppie scumbag, Laura Harris' blonde and bold American, and Tim McInnerny's clueless company CEO, it's obvious that the performers are having as much fun playing the characters as the writers did crafting them. With Severance Smith has not only obliterated any concerns of a sophomore slump, but also placed himself atop the short list of horror filmmakers who possess the potential to adapt and expand into other arenas of filmmaking as well. Whatever cinematic excursion Smith dreams up next, it's certain to be an interesting and exhilarating ride.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
UPC:
0876964000956
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
49,314

Special Features

Commentary with director, cast and crew; The Making of Severance; Being Danny Dyer featurette; Deleted scenes and outtakes; Not So Special Effects featurette; The Genesis of Severance; Behind the Scenes; Danny Fight Scene Training; Alternate ending storyboards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Dyer Steve
Laura Harris Maggie
Tim McInnerny Richard
Toby Stephens Harris
Claudie Blakley Jill
Andy Nyman Gordon
Babou Ceesay Billy
David Gilliam George Cinders
Juli Drajko Olga
Judit Viktor Nadia
Sándor Boros Coach Driver
Levente Törköly Lodge Killer
János Oláh Flamethrower Killer
Attila Ferencz Head-Squish Killer
Béla Kasi Headbutt Killer
Roland Kollárszky Knife-in-butt Killer
Péter Katona Stone Thrower Killer
Levente Lezsák Landmine Killer
Nick Greenall Big Gun Killer
Matt Baker Nose-feratu
Steve Dawson Guard 1 in Harris' Story
John Frankish Dr John 'Victor' Frankish In Jill's Story
Johnnie Schinas Long-Haired Girl in Richard's dream
Leon Macpherson Corporate Video Palisade Worker
Arnold Zarom Corporate Video Palisade Worker
Laura Bushell Corporate Video Office Blonde
John Cole Corporate Video Office Blonde
Murray Golding Corporate Video Office Blonde
Jamie Higgins Corporate Video Office Blonde
Murray Higgins Corporate Video Office Blonde
Leanne Lee Corporate Video Office Blonde
Nerys Martin Corporate Video Office Blonde
Stephanie Ratcliff Corporate Video Office Blonde
Cindi Svensson Corporate Video Office Blonde
Christian Henson Conductor

Technical Credits
Christopher Smith Director,Screenwriter
Alexandra Arlango Co-producer
Matt Baker Asst. Director
Peter Baldock Sound/Sound Designer
Ferenc Beres Production Manager
Matt Biffa Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Christian Executive Producer
Paul Clayton Special Effects
William Davies Casting
Melanie Dicks Asst. Director
Finola Dwyer Producer
John Frankish Production Designer
Millennium FX Makeup Special Effects
Stuart Gazzard Editor
József Gerencsér Special Effects Supervisor
Christian Henson Score Composer
Andrew Hildebrand Co-producer
Bob Hollow Special Effects
Adam Hollow Special Effects
Michael Kuhn Executive Producer
Cass Marks Production Manager
Mark McKendry Special Effects
James Patric Moran Original Story
James Moran Original Story,Screenwriter
Jason Newmark Producer
Stephen Noble Costumes/Costume Designer
Tamás Nyerges Camera Operator
Malcolm Ritchie Executive Producer
Jan Sewell Makeup
Lesley Smith Makeup
Gail Stevens Casting
Piroska Szabady Art Director
Jill Tandy Executive Producer
Anna Tesner Makeup
Lucinda Thomson Art Director
Linda Thomson Art Director
Gabor Ujhazy Production Manager
Ed Wild Cinematographer
Colleen Woodcock Co-producer
Mark Woolley Co-producer
Alison Wright Musical Direction/Supervision
Linda Zsombolyai Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Severance
1. Survival Skills [3:46]
2. Marketing War [5:01]
3. Change of Course [4:43]
4. Seeing Things [3:46]
5. The Place [4:12]
6. Taking a Look Around [2:58]
7. Tainted Dreams [3:52]
8. Old Palisade [5:09]
9. Dirty Dinner [5:42]
10. Group Decision [3:05]
11. Forest Find [7:26]
12. Losing Control [5:28]
13. Team Start [4:14]
14. Growing Close [2:41]
15. Missing Gordon [3:05]
16. Losing Team [2:53]
17. A Run for It [1:49]
18. No Chance [2:05]
19. Forest Fires [1:17]
20. Explosive Steps [1:50]
21. Stumbled Upon [3:23]
22. Bloody Battle [5:58]
23. Need Help [4:09]
24. Cleaning Up [7:02]

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