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  • Oct 12, 2011
As more time goes by, I personally believe it becomes more challenging maybe even difficult to make a horror movie truly scary, fresh and original. This is mainly due to the plethora of remakes, stale ideas and clichés that submerge the horror genre of film. As for this independent horror movie named "Bereavement", it is able to succeed in some areas and fail miserably in others.

The movie has an interesting plot, rather two plots that end up blending into one. I actually really like this formula, it was vey engaging. Story plot one, in 1989 a young boy named Martin who has a rare medical condition that allows him to not feel physical pain is kidnapped. He is kidnapped by a man who is a psychopath/serial killer named Sutter. Sutter finds young women, kidnaps them and takes them back to his condemned slaughterhouse and uh...slaughters them. Now since Martin can't feel pain and he is already a bit touch, Sutter believes Martin is an omen to continue his good work and follow his path of restitution.

Story plot two, fast forward five years later, a 17 year old girl named Allison (played by the attractive Alexandra Daddario) comes to live with her aunt and uncle and 10 year old cousin after her parents die in a car accident. Allison's uncle is played by Michel Biehn and I have to say I really enjoyed seeing him in a staring role again. Biehn has a really subtle presence that is so believable. Well needless to say Allison is ambivalent about staying with her extended family and moving from Chicago to a more rural town. This promotes some conflict and interesting character development.

Now that Martin has spent five years under Sutters' "guidance" it leaves much to interpretation of how watching a man torture and slaughter women can influence one's development. It isn't long before Allison and her family cross paths with Sutter and Martin, which results in some interesting and gory outcomes; it is a horror movie after all.

I have to say that I truly have some mixed feelings about this movie. I found the set up and the pace to be perfect. The acting was impeccable, for this type of film; there really wasn't a bad performance. The boy who played Martin did a wonderful job. The unfortunate part was the movie, at least for me, fell apart in the last half hour or so. The once smooth pace became befuddled, redundant, over the top and suffered so many horror film stereotypes. I found these pigeonhole movie ruses disenchanting since this movie was doing such a good job of breaking the "norm". Once the film was over, I felt a bit let down.

I didn't realize until after I watched this movie that it is a prequel to "Malevolence". I have never seen "Malevolence" and am not sure if my viewing of it would really alter my opinion of its predecessor or not. I do believe that horror fans will enjoy this movie and might like it even more if they have seen "Malevolence". I for one have seen horror movies that are more scary, fresh and original than this one.
Scary, fresh and original......well almost..... Scary, fresh and original......well almost.....

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January 13, 2012
I actually really liked this, more than the first one at least. Great write up man.
October 12, 2011
I've seen this title many times in the store, and I do have some interest in checking it out. Your review did give me the impression that it may be for me. Too bad, most horror movies these days usually collapse in the second half....nice review.
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review by . December 19, 2011
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"Bereavement" is supposedly the chilling prequel to "Malevolence," another supposedly chilling film. However, after watching this dud, I have no plans on giving "Malevolence" a look.      "Bereavement" tells two stories at once. Firstly, it gives us a look at the horrific childhood of Martin Bristol (Spencer List), who suffers from a condition that prevents him from feeling heat, cold, pain, etc. He is kidnapped as a toddler by Graham Sutter …
review by . December 18, 2011
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      BEREAVEMENT      {The state of being deprived of something or someone : the loss of a loved one by death.} That good people is a quick definition of the word that lays claim to the title of this film. Makes sense since this is a prequel to a film called "Malevolence", both by writer/director Steven Mena. Check out the definition of that word and it all makes sense, would be interesting to see what a third film in this series would be called. …
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Now this is not a perfect film and might not make every ones personal favourites list but it is a good flick. I can see how some would not like it as much and how others could love it. It could be another low budget classic that picks up viewers the longer it is out. I personally think it is a really good movie especially if you have seen the first one.
review by . September 01, 2011
An excellent psychological study of madness and the passing of madness to another person
This is a horror film. Its director said he wanted to explore the psychology of madness and the passing of madness from one person to another; and he succeeds in doing so. The film also prompts us to think.      In 1989, a serial killer, driven to inflict brutality upon teen age girls and then murdering them, kidnaps a six-year old boy who doesn't speak and happens to suffer from a disease that causes him not to feel pain. He teaches the boy all he knows, but five years later …
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