Bereavement

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n 1989, six year old Martin Bristoll was kidnapped from his backyard swing in Minersville Pennsylvania. Graham Sutter, a psychotic recluse, kept Martin imprisoned on his derelict pig farm, forcing him to witness and participate in unspeakable horrors. Chosen at random, his victim's screams were drowned out by the rural countryside. For five years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery, until 17 year old Allison Miller (Alexandra Daddario) comes to live with her Uncle, Jonathan (Michael Biehn). While exploring her new surroundings, Allison discovers things aren't quite right at the farmhouse down the road. Her curiosity disturbs a hornet's nest of evil and despair that once torn open, can never be closed. -- (C) Official Site

Cast

Michael Biehn
as Jonathan Miller
Alexandra Daddario
as Allison Miller
Kathryn Meisle
as Karen Miller
Brett Rickaby
as Graham Sutter
Spencer List
as Martin Bristol
Peyton List (II)
as Wendy Miller
Greg Wood
as Teacher
Ashley Wolfe
as Katherine Bristol
Chase Pechacek
as Martin Age 6
Tom McNutt
as Clerk in Store
Sal Domani
as Father in Store
Brendan Martinez
as Boy in Store
Lynn Mastio Rice
as Gym Teacher
Marissa Guill
as Victim #1
Shannon Lambert-Ryan
as Lucy (Body in Freezer)
Jamie Farrell
as Nurses' Aide
Katie Gibson
as Voice Next Door
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  • Jun 01, 2014
    A small improvement over 2003's Malevolence, with more interesting characters and slightly better acting. Bereavement will satisfy die hard horror fans as a run of the mill gory slasher flick, but there's nothing here to attract anyone else, especially in the way of logic or an interesting narrative.
    Edward B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2013
    While I do think the film makes effective use of its atmosphere, for the most part, and it is well made with some solid cinematography, ultimately this movie did absolutely nothing for me. The main reason I didn't enjoy this movie was that there wasn't really a reason for anything that was happening. Of course if you're arguing for a more believable story, you could pull out the 'well, things in life happen for no reason sometimes'. And I think movies can get away with this if they're told effectively and you're at least having fun watching the movie, but when you're not really given a reason to invest in the characters or invest in the story, it makes it that much more of a chore to sit through. They do reveal some reasoning for what's happening at the end, but by this point you don't really care because everything has felt pointless. There's some cool visuals here and there, but that's not really enough to overcome the formulaic and uninteresting script that's chock full of cliches. Ultimately the film boils down to a slasher/evil kid horror genre. I do think there's an interesting concept here with the child being a murderer and whether that's due to his genetics or the environment he has found himself in for over 5 years. And I think the film tries to show that it is a combination of both things, such as it is in real life, that have made him the way he is. The fact that he cannot feel any kind of pain puts the idea in his mind that everyone must be like him, unable to feel anything and the fact that he's been raised by a homicidal maniac helps guide those thoughts in the kid's mind to its most extreme. And I thought that was actually a really cool aspect of the movie, an aspect of the movie you wouldn't pick up on if there wasn't a scene at the school where a teacher is discussing this same exact subject. Whether environment or genetics has an effect on how someone turns out. It's like they just STUMBLED onto this theme by accident and felt the need to point it out in one scene so they don't look completely clueless. It doesn't seem like something that was thought and planned out before the script was even written. It may have actually been intended, but it doesn't come across that way in the final product. And it's not like they do much with this concept, it's like they just PUT the idea into your mind, rather than doing something with it. Again if you don't remember that scene, you would miss an important part of Martin's development and a large reason for why he is the way he is. It's far more thought out than your typical 'evil child' nonsense. Regardless, it's not like THIS makes the movie really worth sitting through for an hour and 45 minutes of an uninteresting story that's more a chore than anything else. There's still some good ideas here, though and some cool visuals. But they're not enough to raise the movie from its slightly below average state.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    First section of a three-part trilogy which surpasses the sequel. This movie doesn't rely on cheap scares or excessive gore to grip the audience, it relies on fear and subjective scares. Pretty good prequel/slasher film!
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2011
    This has to be the most unsettling, brutally violent, dread filled, atmospherically raw and a independent movie with as much doom and cold sweat terror since the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The acting is a little bit above average for a low profile and budget horror movie but the person who standed out for me was the stunning female lead Alexandra Daddario who plays Allison with her hauntingly beautiful eyes as well as the sad, troubled, scary and unbalanced figure and serial killer Graham Sutter played effectively by Brett Rickaby but the most tragic and terrifying figure of them all is Martin play hauntingly by Spencer List and I thing Martin is the new face of fear for horror films kind of like a new Michael Myers or Leatherface in the making. The filming was fantastic and set the mood perfectly and builds to the tension and suspense as well as the simple but effective music and this film will get under your skin and shock and upset you in more ways than one and you feel and root for the characters thanks to delicate developement and backstory and if you've seen Malevolence you'll love it and appreciate it even more so and be happy that this prequel is superier to it. The ending will make your jaw drop to the floor with shock and will stay with you long after it's over and it's one of the most messed up endings I've ever seen and a perfect element for a solid horror/thriller and this movie oozes of guts and emotions and dedication and treats its fans with respect and gives them what they want which is rare these days. Overall it gives such an old school horror vibe of less is more effectiveness that I believe it might be the most truly terrifying horror'thriller of the year and the most promising second chapter to a hopeful series in the genre because based on the cold, heart breaking stunner of an ending it better continue and if you like your slashers brutal with a great build up I highly recommend Bereavement! 7.5 out of 10
    Matt S Super Reviewer

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