Monday, February 02, 2009

Terror on Netflix Watch Instantly - Severance

I probably should have been more aware of Severance (2006), a British horror thriller with a healthy dose of humor. Somewhere I picked up a vague notion that it was a slasher film with a little something extra, but I was more than pleasantly surprised when I watched a few minutes on Netflix watch instantly.

A Cut Above
It's more than a bit of all right, just when I was starting to think, there's not much new to be done with the slasher film. Belay that notion. Severance is Hostel meets The Office, both brutal and relentlessly wicked.

It concerns itself with the sales office of an arms company headed for a remote lodge in central Europe for a team-building experience. I don't know why it's a remote lodge and not a motel with meeting rooms, but there wouldn't be much of a story, I suppose.

A slice of the familiar
The heroine is Laura Harris of The Faculty and 24. Speaking of sales offices, I'm sure someone in Severance's decided an American lead would help sell it to Americans.

Also familiar to Americans is James Bond bad guy Toby Stephens, who also provided the voice of Bond in the recent BBC radio adaptation of Dr. No.

A little dialog establishes that there are possibly people at large who hate the office mates'
Severence offers great suspense, interspersed with the occasionally zany moment. To say much more would require that I precede the statements with spoiler warning so I'll count on you getting to experience it for yourself or suppose that you're way ahead of me and you've already discovered Severance.

If not, and if Netflix's recommendation algorithm and site search are failing you, well, this one's a good choice if you have a taste for thrillers.

6 comments:

Avery DeBow said...

I'd forgotten about this. The Architect downloads trailers like a madman, and we'd seen this one and decided it might be good. Then, other trailers came, and we forgot.

I'm going to have to go look for it at the video store.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm not sure I ever knew about this, but I will see if I can find out more.

Sidney said...

I do the same thing with trailers, Avery.

Yeah, it's pretty good Charles, definitely worth seeking out.

Lana Gramlich said...

Sounds interesting, although I don't have a way to watch DVDs right now. Something's gone strange with the sound on my computer...ONLY for DVDs, though. Everything else (sound wise,) is fine. I even tried updating drivers. <:(

Erik Donald France said...

I'm all for instant access, and look foward to the day when we can see any movie or show or read anything we want at any time. I'd buy that for a dollar. . .

laughingwolf said...

thx sidney, will look for it asap :D

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