SEVERED: FOREST OF THE DEAD
The zombie genre underwent a big revival in the mid-2000s with hits like Resident Evil (2002), 28 Days Later (2002), Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Shaun of the Dead (2004) but this became tired by the end of the decade when it became apparent that the large number of films produced had run through all plot moves that the genre seemed to have. After this the genre seemed to rediscover itself with the gonzo mashup and wacky title collusion titles ranging from Zombie Strippers! (2008) through Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) before that too started to become creatively tired.
Severed was made not long after the remake of Dawn of the Dead at a point when filmmakers had just started to revitalize the zombie film again in a big way. Not too unexpectedly, Carl Bessai has done little beyond resurrecting the basics of the genre this was before the point that the revivals had started to become tediously similar. ‘Severed even lifts part of the plot from the latter half of 28 Days Later where the survivors take refuge in an all-male encampment led by a charismatic leader where the woman of the group feels threatened being the only one woman there.
Severed doesnt do too much to toy with the basics, Carl Bessai just concentrates on making a solid and effective zombie film. He delivers the goods a fair degree of blood and lots of blurry camerawork that keeps the pace going fast and furiously, In fact, just what the zombie film should be I would go so far as to say he delivers a better and far more engaging run through of the essentials than Zack Snyder did in Dawn of the Dead. The only thing that remains slightly vague in the end is what exactly the GX-1134 experiment was and how it caused people to turn into zombies.