Severance (2006)

Rating: ★★★★★

Employees of a large weapons manufacturer go on a team building retreat in Eastern Europe but things go horribly wrong.

This is a brilliant British comedy/horror, or is it horror/comedy, in the vein of Shaun of the Dead. Witty humor, horror, slapstick, and false suspense keep this movie going with nary a dull spot to be found.

One of my favorite lines from the film: ‘…our CRM-114 landmine, the Platoon Buster. “What Ordinance?” magazine calls it “The most exciting development in concealed termination in years.”‘

Another thing I like about this film, which I had to verify by reading some of the interviews with the director, is all the nods to classic films. Some scenes are near shot for shot remakes from movies like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Dr. Strangelove. There are also quite a few nods to Kubrick, but I’ll let you figure them out on your own.


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