Set in Canada and based on Michael A. Gilbert's novel Office Party
, HOSTILE TAKEOVER is too slackly directed to take full advantage of some promisingly bizarre situations. Nonetheless, HOSTILE TAKEOVER manages to keep its grip on viewers through a solid basic plot. Eugene Bracken (David
Warner), a milquetoast office worker, plans a surprise for the Saturday overtime shift he's working with domineering boss Larry Gaylord (Michael Ironside), hot-to-trot coworker Sally Ladd (Kate Vernon), and outwardly placid secretary Mrs. Talmadge (Jayne Eastwood). Although nice-guy Eugene has
never previously shown any noticeable symptoms of psychosis, he has decided to take...