Ever since we ran an interview with James Moran (see here), the writer of Christopher Smith's new horror project Severance, we've been keeping a close eye on James' highly entertaining blog spot for more news on the film.
Now it seems the film is going through it's final post-production phases, and James was recently invited to sneak a peek and the first rough cut of this new British horror movie. Whilst not yet finished (temp music, no colour grading or visual effects) James' first impressions of the film are very encouraging indeed.
"I think it's fucking great. It hits all the right horror notes, is funny in the right places, and plays with genre conventions in unexpected ways. It also has a really nice pace, moved fast all the way through..."
Ok, so obviously these are the comments from the film's writer, and are hardly likely to diss the film in any way, but with Pathe strongly behind the project, and Christopher Smith hitting his stride in the directorís chair following the success of his underground horror Creep, we reckon that Severance could well be one of the biggest horror films to watch out for in 2006.
Starring Claudie Blakley, Babou Ceesay, Danny Dyer, Laura Harris and Tim McInnerny, Severance follows the story of a European sales division out on a team-building weekend in the mountains of Eastern Europe.
Blending comedy with horror, the team initially fight amongst themselves before uniting in a fight for survival against a group of war-crazed killers intent on revenge.