- horror reviews - MOH 2023

The Conference

IMDb Info

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 1h 40m
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish
Genre Tags: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Plot Summary: A team-building conference for municipal employees turns into a nightmare when accusations of corruption begin to circulate and plague the work environment. At the same time, a mysterious figure begins murdering the participants.

Poster - Title Card rating: notes: A tight, little slasher romp in the forest, where money-grubbing idiots on a work retreat get their comeuppance. Nothing original, but it gets in and out right on time, and does its job well. Solid blend of satire and gore.

Outside Reviews:

Brian Tallerico
3 out of 4 stars -

Films have long explored the relative hollowness of corporate motivational sound bites, and this certainly isn't the first to blend workplace comedy and horror—fans of "Severance" and "Mayhem" will note similarities to those two projects as well—but there's an impressive economy to "The Conference" in how Eklund doesn't waste time on speeches or slow burn his way to tension. He sets up his idiots in a trapped location and devises clever ways to pick them off one by one. The last few scenes really help the film land its blend of styles in that, without spoiling, they reveal how much these people don't need a sociopath in the woods to be violent and destructive.