Severance (2006, GBR/GER) C-94m. ** D: Christopher Smith. Starring Toby Stephens, Claudie Blakley, Andy Nyman, Babou Ceesay, Tim McInnerny, Laura Harris, Danny Dyer, David Gilliam. A group of employees of a weapons manufacturer are headed towards a team-building weekend in the Hungarian forests off Budapest. However, instead of the luxury lodge they find a derelict asylum, and there's some mad Russians on the loose, ready to kill. Horror film along the lines of HOSTEL (2005) has its moments but it doesn't know whether it wants to be taken seriously or not. Horror fans will probably find this appealing. Cowritten by director Smith (CREEP).

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