BEREAVEMENT

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

When teen orphan Allison (Alexandra Daddario) goes to live with relatives on their remote farm, she discovers that a twisted neighbor (Brett Rickaby) has been training 10-year-old Martin Bristol (Spencer List), a lad he kidnapped five years before, in the ways of serial murder. Before long, the killer turns his sights on snooping Allison and her new family. Stevan Mena directs this gory prequel to his 2004 grindhouse thriller, Malevolence. Brett Rickaby is phenominal as the madman Graham Sutter he really knows how to bring out the fear in people in this movie. If your a fan of Malevolane then this is deffinetly a great movie to see or if you just like horror movies in general it’s a great on to see.

Bereavement is part Psycho,  part Halloween, part The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, part Hostel  and never manages to be part originality. However, the idea of making Martin a child who can’t feel pain who happens to be kidnapped by a serial killer who grooms him to be a mini him is genius. Sutter isn’t hidden behind a mask like most killers in horror today and can’t be killed— instead, his face is clear as day and as inhuman as he is, he’s human. He even speaks! Most killers in horrors just breath heavy or barely talk. Sutter rants nonsense due to him being crazy, but it makes him more realistic. If they have no feelings they can’t know fear. But if they can’t know fear, why do they run?

The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary from Stevan Mena, plus you get deleted scenes and a trailer. There’s a making-of featurette and a look on the set of the production. It’s fairly basic, though I’ve never seen the TV Spots that were used. I guess I didn’t watch television at that point when they were advertising this release. The A/V Quality is also surprisingly strong with a transfer that beats expectations for indie horror. However, the sound levels on the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is uneven with dialogue raising up and down. Still, it’s worth a rental.

RELEASE DATE: 08/30/2011

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