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During a team-building retreat in the mountains a group of sales representatives are hunted down one by one.

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Christopher Smith

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James Moran (screenplay), Christopher Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Stephens ... Harris
Claudie Blakley ... Jill
Andy Nyman ... Gordon
Babou Ceesay ... Billy
Tim McInnerny ... Richard
Laura Harris ... Maggie
Danny Dyer ... Steve
David Gilliam ... George
Juli Drajkó Juli Drajkó ... Olga
Judit Viktor Judit Viktor ... Nadia
Sándor Boros Sándor Boros ... Coach Driver
Levente Törköly Levente Törköly ... Lodge Killer
János Oláh János Oláh ... Flamethrower Killer
Attila Ferencz Attila Ferencz ... Head-squish Killer
Bela Kasi Bela Kasi ... Headbutt Killer
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Storyline

A team-building weekend in the mountains of Eastern Europe goes horribly wrong for the sales division of the multi-national weapons company Palisade Defence when they become the victims of a group of crazed killers who will stop at nothing to see them dead. Written by Tomius J. Barnard

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, drug content and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | Hungary

Language:

English | Hungarian | Russian

Release Date:

25 August 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mutilados See more »

Filming Locations:

Mountain range Mátra, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£483,152 (United Kingdom), 27 August 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,316, 20 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$136,432, 24 June 2007
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Dolby Digital EX

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A second reference to Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is the ending song, "We'll Meet Again," played at the end of both films. The version played in "Severance" is a hard rock version, however. See more »

Goofs

(at around 46 mins) During the paint ball scene, we see characters get shot with paint. In the scene with dialog the paint is missing from their clothes. See more »

Quotes

Richard: There are no bears in Hungary. Unless we've crossed the border into Romania, in which case there ARE bears. If we're in Serbia, then... I don't know.
Harris: That's really interesting, Richard. Tell me something: are bears required to stop at borders? Is there some sort of, I don't know, passport control for bears?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Word Up
Performed by Cameo
Written by Larry Blackmon & Tomi Jenkins
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Mercury Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Enjoyable British comedy/horror from the director of Creep.
18 November 2006 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Severance is a pitch-black comedy/horror that successfully blends laughs with outrageous scenes of extreme violence to tell the tale of a group of employees for a weapons company who, whilst on a team-building weekend in Eastern Europe, run into trouble when they are attacked by masked assailants.

I found the film to be both highly amusing and also rather creepy, although how much you enjoy the film will depend on how warped your sense of humour is. I liked it a lot, but then my sense of humour has always been rather questionable.

The story, which bears some resemblance in places to the extremely over-rated Hostel, allows some conjecture on the audience's part as to exactly who the killers are—something I particularly liked. Theories are bandied about by the film's characters, but the issue is never resolved absolutely, allowing the audience to decide for themselves.

The likable cast give sterling performances and manage both the comedic and horrific elements with ease. Director Christopher Smith, who also made the rather humdrum Creep, handles the action well, and the film moves at a brisk pace delivering plenty of chills and thrills along the way.

And to cap it all, Smith makes sure that the gore-hounds get their quota of blood 'n' guts, and even finds time to throw in a couple of topless escort girls for good measure.

I give Severance a very respectable 7 out of 10.


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